Past Programs

2018 Past Programs are listed on this page.
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New Bedford Tourism Summit

A day-long summit on Tourism to exchange ideas, learn about current trends, and strategize.

Exhibition Opening: Reed’s Modern Studio

Modernizing Reed and reviving his legacy, the New Bedford Whaling Museum High School Apprentices mimic Reed’s Photography style.

A Conversation with Gloria Steinem

The lauded writer, editor, and activist addressed the issues of which she’s most passionate.

Call for Artists!

Submit proposals for a unique interpretations of the Panorama. Due 5/18/18.

Lecture: We Account the Whale Immortal

Drawing on his new book RisingTideFallingStar, Philip Hoare discussed how humans relate to the sea’s natural history – its whales, its birds, its tides, its extremes, and what these stories say about us.

115th Annual Members’ Meeting

Friday, May 18, 2018. Open to the membership and the public.

28th Annual Sailors’ Series

This year’s lectures celebrated a collection of remarkable maritime photography.

The Second Half Daytime Lecture Series: Nautical-inspired films of whaling, oceans, and excursions

The Whaling Museum, in partnership with the Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute, presented a series of eight classic “oldies but goodies” movies.

30th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.”

9th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

Thousands of antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.

Calling All Artists!

A sneak preview of A Spectacle in Motion for artists.

Lecture Series: Where the Land Meets the Sea

Spring lecture – “Underwater Yellowstones: Marine Sanctuaries off Our Coast and Associated Benefits and Challenges for Fish, Whales, Scientists, and Humans”

2018 Members’ Trip to the Netherlands

The best of Holland with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, April 19 to April 28.

Spring Vacation Week

Explore the Museum, take a highlights tour, climb inside an inflatable whale, get crafty at our art stations, and learn stories of life aboard a whaleship from Museum docents.

Here Fishie Fishie! Old & New Ways of Catching & Counting Fish

A New Bedford Science Café Kids event for all kids and young scientists.

Lecture: Generations of Change Makers

Coline Jenkins reflected on the strong women in her family – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Hetty Green – and gave a blow by blow account of erecting the first statue of REAL women in New York City.

Right Whale Day

Learn to eat, see, and hear like a Right Whale.

Symposium: A Call to Action – Abolition, Activism, and the Principled Life

A Call to Action aimed to place William Rotch’s life and activism in the contexts of his Quaker upbringing, the economic and political relations between North and South, and the lives of African Americans, both free and fugitive.

Groundbreaking of Captain Paul Cuffe Park

Ceremony March 26 at the corner of Johnny Cake Hill and Union Street.

Navy Day

Visitors learned how the U.S. Navy and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center contributes to the protection of marine mammals.

Exhibition Opening: After Ryder – Photographs by Nicholas Whitman

A selection of Nicholas Whitman’s recent photographic work exhibited adjacent to the Whaling Museum’s Albert Pinkham Ryder painting, Landscape, c. 1870.

We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History

A musical that tells the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there.

New Bedford Ballet Presents: Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story

Attendees learned about this fascinating story through a narrated ballet for all ages.

Fun in February: Museum Winter Break Activities

A week of family-friendly events to engage children in hands-on history, science, and arts-based projects. Free with Museum admission.

Local History Guild: Westport and Dartmouth Milieu, Paul Cuffe

The return of a stimulating Local History Guild conversation at the Museum on AHA! night.

22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

In addition to the main event, the Whaling Museum hosts two mini-marathons: a Portuguese-language reading of Tiago Patricio’s abridged Moby-Dick; and a children’s version by Classic Starts.

Moby-Dick Pre-marathon Dinner, Movie, and Discussion

A meal well-suited for hungry sailors followed by David Shaerf’s documentary film Call Us Ishmael. The evening also included a discussion of the film with scholars from the Melville Society Cultural Project.