Recent Programs

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The Museum offers a variety of science, history and cultural programs throughout the year. Join us for a lecture, participate in the Moby-Dick Marathon, or enjoy a hands-on learning experience onboard the Lagoda. Please see below for information on upcoming programs or activities scheduled on an annual basis. Click here to view the Museum Calendar. Or visit Museum from Home for our latest online offerings.

Recent Programs

2021

2021 Moby-Dick MarathonA celebration of all things Moby-Dick and Melville The 2021 Event The 2021 Moby-Dick Marathon A celebration of all things Moby-Dick and Melville 2021 Dates: Friday, January 8 – Sunday, January 10 Special Features and Bonus Activi …

April Vacation Week The Museum will be back open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting April Vacation Week. April Vacation Week April 19 – April 23 Expanded Hours! The Museum will be back open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting April Vacation We …

Young artists are invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original art projects inspired by Organizing New Bedford: Women Who Mobilized Change, a new digital exhibit featuring seven women from Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast.

Stormy Isles: An Azorean Tale Join Francisco Cota Fagundes as he shares his translation of 1944’s Mau Tempo no Canal and explores the relationship between the U.S. and the Azores. “Stormy Isles: An Azorean Tale” Translating Literary Heterolingualism an …

2020

117th Annual Members’ Meeting A virtual meeting via Zoom May 20, 2020. 117th Annual Members’ Meeting May 20, 2020 4 pm virtual meeting via Zoom Registration was required Annual Report to Members Welcome from the Chair Treasurer’s Report Governance Chai …

Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece was celebrated at the Museum’s 2020 readathon of Moby-Dick.

A Voyage of Discovery with Skip Finley Author and historian Skip Finley shared some of the stories he uncovered while researching his book titled Whaling Captains of Color – America’s First Meritocracy. A Voyage of Discovery with Skip Finley Virtual Pr …

A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Young artists were invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original art projects.

Michael Lapides, Director of Digital Initiatives, explored the Museum’s photo archives and shared images depicting the lives of our most essential workers via Zoom.

But what it was that inscrutable Ahab said to that tiger-yellow crew of his—these were words best omitted here.

In partnership with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, attendees experienced a rich musical tapestry of different cultures and histories from around the world during this live online event.

Visitors joined us this February school vacation week to get expressive during the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s ART WEEK!

George Gale: A Sea-nurtured Artist Virtual Talk An exploration of the remarkable artist and mariner, George A. Gale, with Curator of Maritime History Michael P. Dyer. George Gale: A Sea-nurtured Artist Virtual Talk June 3, 2020 Virtual Talk via Zoom Re …

Call for Young Artists: IGNITE A Youth Showcase of Art Inspired by Historic Women of the SouthCoast. Young artists were invited to ignite interest in the impact of women from the region through original art projects. IGNITE Youth Showcase: Art Inspired …

Virtual attendees joined artist Alison Wells and Whaling Museum Curator of Social History Akeia de Barros Gomes for a discussion of Alison’s artistic journey

Inside Out! Virtual Curator Talks For each two-week outdoor exhibition, a virtual curator talk was presented via zoom. All Curator Talks were via Zoom. Past Curator Talks Monday, August 10, 2020 Inside Out! Youth Voices for the Ocean Curator Talk with …

The Museum’s annual lecture series presents a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.

Lighting the Way for All Honoring the unfinished legacy of the women’s suffrage movement through public art. Lighting the Way for All Virtual Public Art Unveiling Thursday, August 13, 2020 5:30 – 6:00 pm | Free Via Zoom No was registration required Thi …

Lighting the Way Votes Honoring the struggle for voting rights by making sure all voices are heard in the 2020 Election. Lighting the Way Votes resources were available here! Honor the struggle for voting rights by making sure your voice is heard …

Private Film Screening – Finding 52 Private Film Screening – Finding 52 December 18, 2020 6:30 pm Film Showing 8:00 pm Q&A with the Director via Zoom Tickets: $5 Finding 52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World is a cinematic quest to fi …

Sailors’ Series The Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures present a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea. Supported by Ruth and Hope Atkinson Supported in part by Th …

SouthCoast Film Forum Presents: Maiden In 1989 Tracy Edwards leads the first all-female crew in the grueling Whitbread Round the World Race. Ultimately this film has strong messages about teamwork, communication, perseverance, and courage. SouthCoast F …

Virtual Lecture: The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress Attendees joined Dr. Gifford to rediscover the Progress’ fascinating story and what it reflects about New Bedford’s past and the process of turning the whaling industry into a “museum piece. …

Virtual Curator Talk: Art, Culture, and Adaptation with Elizabeth James-Perry Aquinnah Wampanoag, whaling descendant, and marine scientist Elizabeth James-Perry discussed her exhibition and how it connects to her family history, Wampanoag culture, and …

Virtual Film Screening: Entangled by David Abel Virtual film screening of Entangled followed by a Q&A with the director. Virtual Film Screening: Entangled by David Abel with Q&A November 13, 2020 7:00 pm Film Showing 8:15 pm Q&A with the Di …

Virtual Performance & Lecture: KabuMerikanus – The Sum of US Exploring The Cabo Verde – United States Musical Connection and Legacy with Candida Rose Virtual Performance & Lecture With Candida Rose Candida Rose is a 2nd generation, Cape Verdean Ame …

Aquinnah Wampanoag whaling descendant, and marine scientist, Elizabeth James-Perry, discussed her art …

A conversation with Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes about what inspired this community-based project…

Panel Discussion – presented by the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts

2019

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

The Photographer’s Brush–Watercolors by Norman Fortier.

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

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.

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

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.

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. Film Screening: Melville in Love AHA! Night at the Museum February 14, 2019 Melville in Love tells …

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

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

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

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

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.

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 conversations at the Museum on AHA! night.

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

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

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.

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.

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. Party for the Ocean: Winds and Waves Edition Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10 am – 3 pm Jacobs Family Gallery FREE and open to …

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. Right Whale Day Learn to eat, see, and hear lik …

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

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.

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. Supported by Ruth and Ho …

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

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

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

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. Whales Today Live June 1, 2019 6 pm Reception and Exhibition Viewing 7 pm Performance The New Bedford Whal …