Summer Days at the Museum

July – Labor Day
All summer programs are free for members or with Museum admission. Summer Calendar (pdf download)
Free Fun Fridays! at the Museum is June 30th. Learn more

Summer on the Hill

The Whaling Museum is partnering with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park this summer to celebrate the opening of the newly restored Mariners’ Home and Seaman’s Bethel, and the overall transformation of Johnny Cake Hill. On four Saturdays we will be closing off Johnny Cake Hill and throwing mini-street fairs. There will be arts and crafts, fun activities for the family, music, and more.

10 am – 2 pm  |  July 15, July 22, August 12, August 26

The New Bedford Port Society
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

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11:00 am Highlights Tour
Group tours led by docents throughout the Museum focus on some of the most historically significant artifacts and visitor favorites.
1:00 pm Tie yourself in Knots
Learn to tie your own knots, experiment with everyday knots, practice shipwright knots, crochet, artistic knots, and many more. Appropriate for all ages.

10:30 am Whale of a Tale Story Time and Craft
Join the High School Apprentices for stories, rhymes, creative movement, music and crafts.
11:00 am Highlights Tour
2:00 pm Curator Tour about knots

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Whales, Magnificent Marine Mammals

Enjoy learning about how whales live in the open ocean with activities and experiments. 
11:00 am Highlights Tour


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11:00 am Highlights Tour
1:00 pm Knots on the Lagoda
Learn about the role of knots on the fully rigged whale ship Lagoda with ship keeper and Whaling Museum docent Peter Fenton while you raise and lower the sails.
2:00 pm Curator Tour about knots

10:00 am All Aboard the Lagoda
Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board 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.
11:00 am Highlights Tour

11:00 am Highlights Tour

11:00 am Highlights Tour


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