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A Celebration of New Bedford’s historic figures and more!

Len Cabral, a great grandson of Cape Verdean whalers, kicked off the festivities and captivated audiences with engaging adventures and folktales from the past. Monday’s activities started at 10 am and included Len Cabral’s performance, a photo booth with costumes of historical characters, a giant inflatable whale that kids could climb inside, tours below deck on the whaleship Lagoda, a variety of arts and crafts, and a movie about Frederick Douglass.
February Vacation Week Flyer (downloadable pdf)

Monday’s events were completely free for New Bedford residents and free with admission for families outside of New Bedford. 


Monday, February 20 – Kickoff

10 am – 11 am Go below deck on the Whaleship Lagoda!

10 am – 2 pm 
Photo Booth/Dress as a
Historical Figure
Frederick Douglass was the most photographed American of the 19th Century. Other historical figures were present to give tips and suggestions on how to dress for the period.
Inflatable Whale Climb inside a life-sized inflatable whale.
Arts & Crafts
Scavenger Hunt


Len Cabral

Len Cabral telling stories to a group of students.
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Alvarez Ewens.

11 am – 11:30 am  Story time with Len Cabral

12:30 pm – 1 pm  To Catch a Whale
Docents shared the story of life leading up to and aboard a whaleship. How did they sign on to a voyage? What did they get paid? What did captains promise their crew?

1 pm – 1:30 pm  Story time with Abraham Lincoln

1:30 pm  Birthday Cake and Sing-a-long
It’s always someone’s birthday! Today we recognized our Presidents and a great figure from New Bedford and national history – Frederick Douglass.

2 pm – 3 pm  Film: Profiles in Courage: Frederick Douglass

Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, February 24

Activities and tours were free for Museum members and with regular admission.

10 am – 11 am
Go below deck on Whaleship Lagoda!

10 am – 12 pm
Inflatable Whale Climb inside a life-sized inflatable whale.

10 am – 2 pm
Arts & Crafts

11 am – 11:45 am 
Museum Highlights Tours
Group tours led by Docents throughout the Museum focused on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, including stories of New Bedford’s role in U.S. history.

Tuesday, February 21 &
Thursday, February 23

2 pm  Curator Tours
45-minute tours of exhibition galleries guided by a Museum Curator.


Friday, February 24

10:30 am  All Aboard the Lagoda
Visitors joined the crew of Captain C. Weade onboard the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda – for an adventure on the high seas! They traveled the world, interacted with new cultures, learned the ropes of a whaleship, and went a-whaling.


Massachusetts Cultural Council logoThe February vacation program is supported by a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



Last modified: February 27, 2017