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Are you looking for ways to make worthwhile contributions to your city and pass along its wonderful history to others? The New Bedford Whaling Museum needs volunteers. Donating your time, interest, and energy can help the Museum in diverse ways to advance understanding of the whaling industry and the unique history of New Bedford. 


Volunteer Training Program 2020

Whaling Museum volunteers positively impact the lives of thousands of people every year, making a significant contribution to our ability to pursue the Museum’s mission. And they have fun doing it! Anyone interested in sharing their time, knowledge, and enthusiasm is encouraged to register for a 12-part, once-weekly Volunteer Training Program.

Registration for the training session starting in January is closed.
For more information contact Volunteer and School Programs Manager, Jeannine Louro at jlouro@whalingmuseum.org, (508) 997-0046 x185.





As a volunteer we ask you to

  • Participate in a prescribed training program
  • Establish a regular schedule for participating as a docent, or in the museum’s library, archives, or by helping in other ways
  • Volunteers are required to become New Bedford Whaling Museum members. This is important because members receive regular program information that is necessary to volunteers
  • Serve as a “goodwill ambassador” for the Museum
  • Enjoy yourself!


The Museum will provide

  • An opportunity for public service
  • A professional orientation and training program
  • An opportunity to meet new and interesting people
  • A chance to promote the history of New Bedford 


Why do you enjoy being a Volunteer at the Whaling Museum?

Testimonials from our Volunteers

“I love working at the Whaling Museum and appreciate the opportunities and experiences that have been afforded me over the past 14 years of serving as a docent. Not only have I gotten to meet and interact with fascinating people from all over the world, but have formed close friendships with other volunteers whose interests and mine are both similar and widely diverse. The  museum training we get in science, art, and local history is thorough and comprehensive and helps to keep one’s mind sharp and  active. In addition, the perks are many, including special invitations to gallery openings, lectures and art exhibits.” – Susan G.

“Volunteering at the Museum is all I hoped it would be… I love working in a well-run, dynamic organization with interesting and friendly colleagues. The Museum challenges me to learn, and allows me to indulge my love for teaching and acting.” – David B.

“Watching the faces of the young children as they see the whale skeletons for the first time and to see their eyes widen in amazement is such a joy! And to be able to give them information that they can relate to and understand is so very rewarding.” – Maureen M.

“It is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had since retiring from teaching. Being new to the area, this opportunity has given me a wonderful perspective on the South Coast and the rich history of this part of the state. The volunteer work is very rewarding and it’s also a learning experience. Each time I volunteer, I learn something new or interesting from the other docents, volunteers, staff, and the wonderful visitors to our museum. I have also made some great new friends. I would highly recommend volunteering for the museum.” – Louisa M.

“When I signed up to be a volunteer,  little did I know how it was going to broaden my lifestyle. The museum has been an extended family for me. Not only have I learned so much about our history, but found that giving tours, especially to the children, has been so gratifying.  It really has been one of the best decisions I have made.” – Sylvia M.


The Whaling Museum is certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise, an honor given to fewer than 15% of organizations nationwide.