Past Programs 2019

2019 programs are listed in alphabetical order.

10th Annual Nautical Antiques Show

The Nautical Antiques Show kicked off this year’s Scrimshaw Weekend and featured high-quality antiques from some of New England’s most respected dealers.

23rd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

The Museum’s annual read-a-thon of America’s most iconic novel, Moby-Dick. Besides the main reading, the event included two mini-marathons: a Portuguese-language reading of an abridged Moby-Dick and a children’s version of the novel.

31st Annual Scrimshaw Weekend

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

116th Annual Members’ Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019. Open to the membership and the public.

Biennial Whaling History Symposium

Gaps in Analysis and New Perspectives on Whaling, World Cultures, and Contemporary Issues.

Book Launch & Signing: "After Moby~Dick"

An anthology that includes sixty-one poems – all written since 2000 by contemporary American poets. A new Spinner Publications release and edited by Elizabeth Schultz and Kylan Rice.

Call for Artists: Cape Verdean Voices

Artists were invited to submit proposals that interpret and speak to the Cape Verdean experience in Cabo Verde or the United States for this Whaling Museum exhibition.

Captain Paul Cuffe Day

To celebrate the life, times, and legacy of one of New England’s most remarkable figures.

De Wind is Op! Symposium

Experts in the field explored and discussed the exhibition De Wind is Op! and related themes in greater depth at this one-day symposium.

Deep-Sea Exploration Event

A rare behind-the-scenes look at an oceanographic research expedition in action during a live link with scientists who are exploring the wreck of the Portland.

Educator Workshop – Amplifying History: Learning from the Lives of Women

In June, the New Bedford Whaling Museum hosted a free professional development workshop for educators. Presented by Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast

Educators' Night

Educators mingled with colleagues and New Bedford Whaling Museum staff, enjoyed light refreshments and giveaways, and previewed Whaling Museum education programs during this special after-school event.

Exhibition Opening & Lecture

The Photographer’s Brush–Watercolors by Norman Fortier.

Exhibition Opening: Cape Verdean Voices

Showcasing many forms of media from our local community, this exhibition was in honor of Judge George N. Leighton.

Exhibition Opening: De Wind is Op!

An exhibition exploring the Collection through the lenses of wind, climate, and the sea as the drivers behind a uniquely Dutch national identity. The opening reception was free and open to the public.

Exhibition Opening: Young & Powerful

Reception and celebration for the opening of this apprentice-designed exhibition.

Fall Members’ Trip: The Best of Portugal

An exploration of deep cultural ties and discovery of mainland Portugal, in 2019.

February Vacation Week

The Museum’s February Vacation Week featured Captain Paul Cuffe Day and free “Whales Today” fun. A special ocean-themed New Bedford Science Café Kids took place on Friday.

Film Screening: Lobster War

A documentary film about the fight over the world’s richest fishing grounds. Presented in partnership with the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.

Film Screening: Melville in Love

A documentary on Herman Melville, the writing of Moby-Dick, and Melville’s secret love affair. AHA! night at the Museum.

Free Fun Fridays! 2019

Whaling Museum admission was free on Friday, August 9th! Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Indoor Museum Tour: Lighting the Way

An indoor guided tour of the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s collections, exploring the historical impact of inspiring SouthCoast women.

Lecture: Discoveries on Beaked Whales with Digital Record Tags (DTAGs)

Alex Bocconcelli, Research Specialist at WHOI, dove deep into the history of beaked whales.

Lecture: Dolphin Politics in Shark Bay

Dr. Richard Connor’s lecture brought attendees ‘onboard’ for 30 years of incredible dolphin discoveries.

Lighting the Way Walking Tour

On this free one-hour tour, stories were told about the lives of historic women who lived and worked on Spring and Seventh Streets in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

Lighting the Way: Spoken Word Contest

On AHA! night, young people ages 12 to 25 years lit up the night with brilliant words illuminating the lives of historic women of the SouthCoast.

Local History Guild Past Programs

Local History Guild conversations at the Museum on AHA! night.

Members’ Holiday Party

A complimentary event for Museum Members featuring seasonal libations, festive hors d’oeuvres, and live music.

Mountainfilm on Tour 2019

A selection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and inspiring documentary films curated from the Mountainfilm festival.

Navy Family Day

Visitors learned how the U.S. Navy and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) contribute to the protection of marine mammals, and more at the Museum’s newly installed Whales Today exhibition.

New Bedford Lyceum presents W. Kamau Bell

An evening with Emmy-nominated comedian, political satirist and host of CNN’s United Shades of America. W. Kamau Bell is known for his incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society.

New Bedford Science Café Kids!

Kids and young scientists discovered how dolphins and fish communicate, learned how sound travels in the ocean, found out creative ways that scientists cut down on ocean noise pollution and listened to the language of right whales.

Party for the Ocean: Winds and Waves Edition

A free family event at the Museum – exploring wind, waves, whales, and ocean health.

Right Whale Day

Learn to eat, see, and hear like a right whale! Hands-on marine-themed crafts and activities help foster a greater appreciation for the status and plight of this magnificent marine mammal.

Sailors’ Series: Azorean Whaleboat Design and Regatta

An exploration of the rich heritage of the Azorean whaleboat with Bruce Halabisky, from design through restoration, and its emergence as a modern international racing class.

Sailors' Series Lecture: De Wind is Op!

Chief Curator Dr. Christina Connett Brophy explored some of the exceptional Golden Age paintings, in the current exhibition, through a fresh lens.

Sailors' Series Lecture: The Research Vessel Abel-J

This year’s opening lecture featured stories of the Abel-J, the research vessel that William Watkins journeyed on to gather his foundational recordings of marine mammal bioacoustics.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Present a Museum Day ticket for free admission on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Spring Vacation Week 2019

Activities included Right Whale Day on Monday, NASA Space Day: Explorations of Faraway Places on Thursday presented by New Bedford Science Café Kids, and more!

Summer Days mean Wind and Waves

Family programs explored wind, waves, whales and local history all summer long!

Summer Sails Gala

The evening reception was followed by a special seated dinner in the Bourne Building.

Teen Night - A 1920s Mystery Affair

Who stole the jewels from the Whaling Museum’s collection and why? Presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum High School Apprentices.

Whales Today Live

An interpretive dance performance by Tilted Collab Dance Company of Cambridge, MA, inspired by the new exhibition Whales Today.