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Join us on AHA! – New Bedford’s free Downtown Cultural Night and Collaborative Cultural organization

  • Presenting second Thursday FREE cultural nights
  • Local and regional artists, cultural groups and educators to present what they do
  • Being a forum for the AHA! Partners to convene around shared topics
  • Contributing to the City’s Creative Economy initiatives

Visit the Museum’s Calendar for up-to-date AHA! events at the Museum


Upcoming AHA! events at the Museum


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Local History Guild
6 pm – 7 pm at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
Free and open to the public. No advance registration necessary.
Topic will be posted here soon.


Past AHA! Events at the Museum March 14

Local History Guild – A conversation on the life and legacy of Captain Paul Cuffe
An informal discussion of the many important features to Cuffe’s life and legacy, his past and present significance to the community, and what that legacy may mean in years to come. Learn more

“Her Works Do Follow”: A Podcast on the Historic Women of the SouthCoast   
In 1889, “Her Works Do follow Her” was inscribed on Martha Bailey Briggs’ tablet memorial at Howard University, and today New Bedford students reflect on the work of Briggs, an influential educator and abolitionist, and other historic women of the Southcoast in their first-ever podcast. Through a Q&A showcase, the student producers reflected on their experience creating a podcast and learning about women’s history in our region.

Film: The Girl That Lit the World
Jarynette Gonzalez directed, scored, and produced this short film about a young woman overcoming her fears and taking a chance to pursue her dream of becoming a rapper. An aspiring music producer and songwriter herself, Jarynette was born and raised in New Bedford. Her film debuted at the Lunafest Southcoast film festival in New Bedford in January 2019.

Music Video: Taking Back the Power
YAP! and Big Picture Anthems partnered to create “Taking Back the Power,” a new anthem for the Women’s Rights Movement featuring six talented artists from around the country.

Lighting the Way: Spoken Word Contest 
In partnership with the Bristol Community College Women’s Center and the YWCA, students aged 12 to 24 participated in a spoken word contest where they shared writing inspired by women featured in “Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast.”  

Past AHA! Event at the Museum February 14

Film Screening: Melville in Love
Melville in Love is a full-length documentary on Herman Melville, the writing of Moby-Dick, and Melville’s secret love affair with Sarah Morewood, based on the recent book by noted biographer Michael Shelden.  View movie trailer here.
Learn more

Past AHA!  Events at the Museum December 13

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights)
Topic: What’s in Your Postcards? Art, History, and Architecture in Public Pictorial Formats
Energy & Enterprise Gallery
Learn more about the Local History Guild

Sippican School Band Holiday Performance
Location: Paul Cuffe Park


Past AHA!  Events at the Museum November 8

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights)
OFF-SITE: Fort Taber Military Museum – 1000C Rodney French Boulevard
Learn more about the Local History Guild   

Film Screening
A Plastic Ocean
Cook Memorial Theater
Learn more

Exhibit Opening & Great War and Azores Lecture
Portugal E A Grande Guerra Contextos E Protagonistas –
Portugal and the World War I Contexts and Protagonists
Harbor View Gallery
Learn more


Past AHA! Events at the Museum October 11

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights at the Museum)
Topic: Historic Houses: Techniques, Ideas, and Goals for their Interpretation
Energy & Enterprise Gallery
Learn more about the Local History Guild   

Immigrant’s Assistance Center Movie Screening
Reel Portuguese Traditions
Cook Memorial Theater  

Film Screening & Panel Discussion
The Last Azorean Whalemen
Harbor View Gallery  
Directed by Nick Francis & Produced by Luis Filipe Dias
Presented by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society  


Past AHA! Events at the Museum September 13

Gallery Talk: After Ryder
by photographer Nicholas Whitman
Braitmayer Gallery

Local History Guild conversations (monthly on AHA! Nights at the Museum)
Topic: The National Park Service and its Local Communities
Energy & Enterprise Gallery
Learn more about the Local History Guild

E for All Graduation Ceremony
2018 Summer Accelerator Showcase & Celebration
Harbor View Gallery



Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story
Presented by the New Bedford Ballet 
Harbor View Gallery

Attendees traveled back in time to 1841 as New Bedford Youth Ballet performed “Courage, Perseverance, and Trust: The Manjiro Story” based on the extraordinary life of Manjiro Nakahama. Manjiro was the first Japanese person to live and learn English in the United States after his rescue at sea in 1841 by the John Howland, a New Bedford whaleship. Upon returning to his homeland, he helped facilitate its opening to American relations in 1854. Through his understanding of navigation and seamanship, he also helped build Japan’s first ocean-going vessels.

Check out the exhibition Enlightened Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro Nakahama to learn more about the fascinating story of Manjiro.