Past Programs

Recent 2016 and 2015 Past Programs are listed on this page.

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Film Screening: “Sonic Sea”

Free screening of the film Sonic Sea, followed by a panel discussion about ocean noise and other issues raised in the film.

Party for the Ocean

A family-friendly day full of hands-on activities to learn how to keep our oceans healthy.

Free Fun Fridays! 2016

Activities throughout the day with free admission July 22. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Shifty Sailors singing group

The group performed a medley of traditional nautical tunes in the Bourne Building.

Discover Iceland!

Information about the 2016 Boston to Iceland trip, including itinerary highlights.

Melville Scholars Workshop, Tours and Lecture

For Moby-Dick Marathon and Herman Melville fans, and anyone curious about why Melville remains relevant today.

Open House: Connecting Coastal Communities

The public was invited to join the Museum’s apprenticeship program and their guests from Iceland to learn more about their ongoing cultural exchange project, “Connecting Coastal Communities.”

The Second Half: Spring Lecture Series 2016

The Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute, presented a daytime lecture series.

Grand Opening: Casa dos Botes Discovery Center

A new family-friendly interactive zone opened to the public on Sunday, May 22.

28th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.” May 13-15

7th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

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

April Vacation Week 2016

Crafts, hands-on activities and lots of fun for all throughout the week!

Right Whale Day

Free family activities focused on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale on Monday, April 18.

Sailors' Series 2016: A Century of Design & Invention

The 2016 lecture series kicked off with an illustrated talk titled “The Herreshoff Legacy”.

Where the Land Meets the Sea, 2016

A three-part series of Wednesday evening lectures presented by Buzzard's Bay Coalition and the Whaling Museum.

Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean

Rachael Miller, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Rozalia Project and captain of the Ted Hood 60’ research vessel, American Promise, shared her research on the impact of marine debris in the world’s oceans and coastlines.

Screening & Book Signing "In Defense of Food"

FREE Screening of Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” with special guest Dr. David Ludwig. Presented by the New Bedford Wellness Initiative.

Film Screening & Book Signing "The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific"

A documentary film by Sam Low, also the author of Hawaiki Rising.

The Black Women's Health Study: 20 Years of Research

A Presentation by Yvette C. Cozier, D.Sc., MPH. February 20th.

Presidents' Day Birthday Bash kicks off February Vacation Week

Children discovered how New Bedford shaped America’s history, participated in a scavenger hunt, a historic character photo shoot, and more.

Film Screening: "Out of Bounds: Sports in the Inner City"

A documentary about how athletes deal with issues of the inner city and how sports could be a vehicle to success.

A Story of Charity and Forgiveness

A presentation by Richard Moore titled Can I Give Him My Eyes?

Moby-Dick Marathon 20th Anniversary

Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece was celebrated at the 20th Anniversary of the Moby-Dick Marathon.

Renew & Celebrate 2016

Participants joined Yoga on Union & Whaling Museum communities for their first yoga practice of the new year.

New Year’s Eve Bash 2015

Revelers of all ages rang in the new year with a bang!

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Neil McGarry's stunning one-man performance.

Whaling Museum Members’ Premiere of "In the Heart of the Sea"

Reception and screening of of the long-awaited film by Ron Howard at Flagship Theaters, New Bedford.

Party for the Icebergs!

A celebration of whales – learning how we can all play a part in keeping our oceans healthy.

The GAEA Summit

The Global Awareness Education and Action (GAEA) Summit, a public 2-day program on the impacts of climate change on the region.

Free Screening: “Counting Fish”

A film by Don Cuddy offered a fascinating look into the world of innovative marine research.

Whales in the Heart of the Sea: Our Heritage, Culture, and Changing Values Over Time

Free lecture series in advance of the Museum’s exclusive New Bedford premiere (December 2015) of In the Heart of the Sea.

Last modified: March 25, 2016