Past Programs 2015

2015 programs are listed in alphabetical order.


3rd Annual Haunted Whaleship

The Haunted Whaleship reappeared October 24th.  This not-too-spooky event included a costume contest, scavenger hunt, refreshments and more!

FREE Kids' Yoga & Meditation Class

This class offered life skills for kids of all ages.

Free Screening: Counting Fish

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

Free Seminar: Estate Planning and Charitable Giving

This seminar offered practical advice for people in any phase of estate planning.

Gogo Ferguson Jewelry Trunk Show & Lecture

Artist Gogo Ferguson shared the story behind her elegant, nature-inspired jewelry creations.

July Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS!

Kids created their very own masterpieces to take home.

Keeping our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks, and the Unknown

The first cartography conference held at the Museum examined our connection to man’s relationship to the sea over time.

Madeira Film Festival 2015: On the Road in New Bedford

An evening of Portuguese film, sponsored in part by Madeira Wine.

Manhattan Short Film Festival

The audience joined more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films.

Mindfulness for Busy People

Kyle Davis of Serlingpa Meditation Center introduced essential mindfulness and meditation techniques.

Moby-Dick Marathon 2015

The 19th annual Moby-Dick Marathon set sail January 2-4, celebrating readers of all ages during a weekend of programs surrounding the nonstop reading of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece.

"Moby-Dick" theatrical performance adapted by Tiago Patrício

A 55-minute dramatic adaptation of Moby-Dick, performed in Portuguese with English subtitles.

"New Bedford Mansions" Book Launch

A special reception to celebrate the release of New Bedford Mansions: Historic Tales of County Street by Peggi Medeiros.

New Year’s Eve Bash 2015

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

NRP Sagres visit to New Bedford

NRP Sagres, a steel-built three masted barque, docked at the Port of New Bedford and was open for public visits.

Of Earth, Sea and Fire: A Symposium of Makers

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Pre-conference Symposium at the Museum, led by artists from the exhibition Of Earth and Sea.

OVER THE TOP Summer Gala

All proceeds from this annual summer event supported the Museum's educational programs.

Painting with a Splash

A night out at the Museum with step-by-step painting instructions and a lot of fun!

Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS

Kids enjoyed creating their very own masterpiece painting at the Museum.

Party for the Icebergs!

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

Party for the Ocean Day

The Whaling Museum along with local partner organizations presented a day full of hands-on activities that taught us how to keep our oceans healthy.

27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend 2015

Enthusiasts from across the country and abroad gathered to share the enjoyment of this distinctive and beautiful art form. The 6th Annual Nautical Antiques Show kicked things off.

Presidents' Day kicks off February vacation programs

Presidents’ Day kicked off a week of events during February school vacation that included special tours and hands-on activities each day.

Reel Serious Documentary Premiere: The Reel Tom Lopes

A film about the legacy of Tom Lopes, the first Cape Verdean State Representative of Massachusetts.

Renew & Celebrate

A New Year’s yoga and meditation class at the Museum, appropriate for all levels of experience.

Right Whale Day 2015

Free family activities focusing on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. April 20

Scrimshaw 101

An introduction for newcomers and a refresher for seasoned hands, presented by Stuart M. Frank, PhD, Senior Curator Emeritus of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Summer Family Programs 2015

Crafts, activities on the plaza, highlights tours, and story time during the months of July and August.

The 6th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

High quality sale of marine antiques including scrimshaw, nautical instruments, whaling logbooks, ship models, photos, paintings, prints, and memorabilia.

The 25th Annual Sailors’ Series

The 25th Annual Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures presented a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.

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.

"The Hunt for Moby-Dick", Lecture by Philip Hoare

This pre-marathon lecture featured celebrated author Philip Hoare, with a screening of his film titled The Hunt for Moby-Dick

The Second Half: Fall Lecture Series 2015

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

The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

The Museum partnered with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute to provide a daytime lecture series.

Watkins Memorial Marine Mammal Bioacoustics Symposium

Focused on the increasingly important role of marine mammal bioacoustics in various aspects of marine mammal biology and conservation.

Wattles Jacobs Education Center Grand Opening Celebrations

Activities included a ribbon cutting ceremony with special honorees Joan & Irwin Jacobs and Kathy & Gurdon Wattles and a museum-wide "open house".

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.

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.

Whaling Museum Toast and Tour

This fun and informative open house offered an opportunity to experience all of the available rental spaces.

Where the Land Meets the Sea

A three-part series of Wednesday evening lectures by environmentalists presented by the Whaling Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition.

2015 Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal

Accommodations at a 4-star hotel, visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a Douro River cruise and so much more! Sept. 11 – Sept. 20, 2015.

2015 New Bedford Premiere of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival

A screening of a series of short films produced in Portugal and abroad. September 10th.

A Community Dialogue with Dr. Antonia Darder

Her presentation featured a discussion on language, culture and education, and the continued relevance of the work of Paulo Freire. Free Event

A Grateful Dead Yoga Experience

An opportunity to practice yoga, enjoy the classic music of the Grateful Dead and well, be grateful!

A Quiet Evening of Yoga & Music

This special class created by Yoga on Union welcomed all to experience the blissful process of being quiet.

April Vacation Week 2015

Families were invited to the Museum for a special week of crafts, hands-on activities and more.

Beginner's Drawing Class

An opportunity to sketch pieces on exhibit in the Museum galleries as well as objects not currently on display.

Book Signing: "A Genius at His Trade"

Reception & remarks from the author, book signing, and unveiling of the largest model of a Concordia Yawl by artist Tom Borges.

Book Signing: "The Art of the Con"

 Guests stole a seat at this free book signing with remarks from Anthony Amore. September 10th.

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Neil McGarry's stunning one-man performance.

Film Screening: "Most Likely to Succeed"

A college diploma once guaranteed job, but now over 50% of America's new graduates are without a job. Director Greg Whiteley identifies the problem in our antiquated educational system.

Free Fun Fridays 2015

Activities throughout the day with free admission, July 10th. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.