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Celebrate New Bedford’s historic figures and have some fun!

Len Cabral, a great grandson of Cape Verdean whalers, will be there to kick off the festivities and captivate audiences with engaging adventures and folktales from the past. Monday’s activities start at 10 am and include Len Cabral’s performance, a photo booth with costumes of historical characters, a giant inflatable whale that kids can 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 are completely free for New Bedford residents and free with admission for families outside of New Bedford. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Schedule is subject to change.


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. Dress as a historical figure and have your picture taken in the photo booth. Need some inspiration? Don’t worry! Other historical figures will be present to give you 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 will share 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 recognize 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 are 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
Docents will lead groups throughout the Museum focusing on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites, while telling 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
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade onboard the largest model whaleship in the world – the Lagoda – for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go 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 16, 2017