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Virtual Education Programs

Virtual Education Programs

Explore the Whaling Museum online during one of our virtual education programs. Museum educators lead these interactive sessions, which may include pre- and post-program activities.

Virtual education programs are designed to comply with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core for specified grade levels. Most programs can be adjusted to accommodate group needs and the Education Department can work with you to customize virtual experiences. See rates and book a virtual program.

Want to experience Whales Today in person?

Check out this self-guided tour you can do on your next Whaling Museum visit.

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Whales Today Virtual

Type | Virtual
Grades | K–8
1 Class | 45–60 minutes
Availability | Tuesday- Thursday, Afternoons Encouraged

Pre and Post Activities and Resources

Interacting live with one of the Museum’s educators, discover what makes a whale a whale, what people have in common with whales, and what we can do to help protect them in our oceans today. This highly visual program allows participants to ask questions in real-time while exploring life-sized whale models and looking at real whale artifacts.

Registrants will also receive access to additional science activities to prepare for the program or to continue learning and exploring afterward.

Students will:

  • Discover the characteristics scientists use to classify whales and other cetaceans
  • Compare structures of related species
  • Listen to audio files and see visual representations of sounds of different cetacean species
  • Discuss various ways that students can help protect whales today

 

History on the Hill

Type | Virtual
Grades | K–8
1 Class | 45–60 minutes
Availability | Tuesday- Thursday, Afternoons Encouraged

Pre and Post Activities and Resources

Interacting live with one of the Museum’s educators, students will discover New Bedford has a deep and rich history. Students will explore the indigenous people of New England, the first explorers and settlers, and the lives of whalers who contributed to New Bedford’s historically unique community. This highly visual program allows participants to ask questions in real-time while using mapping and interactive exhibits and artifacts to enhance their learning and understand the evolving south coast region.

Students will:

  • Recognize the diverse nature of the people who inhabited what came to be known as New Bedford and identify what groups contributed to its change and growth
  • Learn about the indigenous people of New England, European explorers, and early settlers and their relationship with each other and the land
  • Discover the daily lives of whalers on a whaling voyage and the products created by the whaling industry
  • Use maps to identify historic Native Peoples’ regions as well as European explorers and American whaling voyages
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“These programs are supported in part by grants from the New Bedford, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and Westport cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.”