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Upcoming Programs

Captain Paul Cuffe Week

February 19, 2024 - February 23, 2024

Let your creativity set sail as we celebrate a remarkable figure in American history! Join us during February School Vacation Week for a hands-on exploration of the remarkable life and legacy of Captain Paul Cuffe. Cuffe was a seafarer, entrepreneur, educator, and visionary who became one of the wealthiest men of color in the nation.

Fire up your winter season with internationally renowned djembefola Sidy Maiga and steel pannist Becky Bass. Between performances, experience the joy of learning some drum beats from the djembe master himself, alongside other curious learners.

Navy Day 2024

March 9, 2024

Navy Day, hosted with Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, offers a full schedule of fun and educational opportunities for the public to experience the Navy’s role in environmental preservation, marine mammal protection, and underwater research, as well as the Museum’s extensive historical collection.

Did you know that a women scientist is behind the world’s most comprehensive blue whale database? Learn more about Dr. Diane Gendron’s research and blue whales in general by watching for FREE our Blue Whales: Return of the Giants 3D film before it leaves the New Bedford Whaling Museum on March 17th.

Virtual discussion focusing on the complex human relationships with seals over millennia and how that’s changed in a variety of ways over the past 4,000 years and continues to evolve as seals rebound in our region.

The Sailors’ Series is an annual program that presents a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.

Musician Joaquin Santos and The Dope Lotus are known for their distinctive soulful vocals, tight funky grooves, and poetic authenticity to their musical story.

Duncan Simpson, PhD presents a lecture on “Portuguese Society and Salazar’s Political Police (PIDE) Before and After the Revolution of 25 April 1974.” The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and lite reception.

The Zunzún Trio has an exciting rapport, ranging from modern jazz to Afro- Caribbean rhythms. They will bring original pieces to music by Thelonious Monk and Bebo Valdés.

Against the backdrop of the Whaling Museum, the South Coast Children’s Chorus (SCCC) concert’s theme of the sea resonates deeply, reflecting the community’s maritime legacy and connection to the ocean.

The Moonbellies perform an entertaining mix of originals, Americana, Old-time, Quebecois, Irish and Cajun music.

A conversation with Ymelda Rivera Laxton and multi-disciplinary artist and curator Cora-Allan Lafaiki Twiss (Niuean/Maori) about a Niuean barkcloth in the NBWM collection and Twiss’ journey as a contemporary practitioner of Hiapo.


June 15, 2024 - June 24, 2024

Join Chief Curator Naomi Slipp on a New Bedford Whaling Museum Members’ Exclusive Trip to Alaska. Enjoy unique insight and access to Alaskan Indigenous art, whaling history, and cultural traditions with stops in Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage and Utqiagvik (Barrow).

Summer Benefit 2024

July 13, 2024

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will be hosting our annual summer benefit on the evening of Saturday, July 13th. Mark your calendars to join us to celebrate the season and support Museum programming and educational initiatives.

ONE WITH THE WHALE is a thrilling yet heartwarming story of one family’s struggle to rebuild their shattered identities and find a way to live with Ancient Indigenous values in the fast-paced, cruel modern world.

Back by popular demand, Aoife Clancy and Eddie Dillion will return to the music with Celtic and Americana music.

Katherine Vaz will discuss her novel ABOVE THE SALT, a labor of love over fifteen years in the making, a fictional account drawing upon the true story of the Madeiran refugees who were adopted by Illinois in the era of the Civil War.

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock, b.1980) is a multi-media installation artist, ceramicist, and filmmaker, who has contributed to the Offshore Art movement. Leonard’s current work embodies the multiple definitions of “breach”, an exploration and documentation of historical ties to water, whale and material sustainability.

Keep Talking (Niugaa Yugaa), directed by Karen Lynn Weinberg, follows four Alaska Native women fighting to save Kodiak Alutiiq, an endangered language now spoken by less than 40 remaining fluent Native Elders.