- Special Events
- Children's Programs
- Community Programs
- Old Dartmouth Lyceum
- Moby-Dick Marathon 2013
- Sailors' Series 2013
- Scrimshaw Weekend
- Past Programs
The Museum offers school programs specifically designed to correspond with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks. Please view our education programs brochure for more information.
School program (guided)
One science or history, language arts and culture program: $7 per student
One science and one history, language arts and culture program: $12 per student
School program (self-guided)
$7 per student, grades 9-12 (age 15+)
$6 per student, grades K-8 (age 6-14)
A minimum of one chaperone is required for every ten students. Student aides and one adult (teacher, parent or other) per every ten students are admitted for free. Each additional adult is $10 per adult. Chaperones are responsible for the behavior and wellbeing of all children in their group.
Please bring your confirmation letter and full payment in the form of cash, credit card, debit card or check (made payable to ODHS) on the day of your visit.
School groups have the opportunity to bring bagged lunches and eat them in our Jacobs Family Gallery beneath three fully articulated whale skeletons, or in our plaza, located in the heart of the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Fee: $30 per group per day.
The Whaling Museum works with other partners in Downtown New Bedford such as the National Park Visitor Center to deliver cooperative programs upon request. For information about school programs at these locations, please contact:
Frank Barrows, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, (508) 996-4095 x6103
Abbey Spargo, New Bedford Ocean Explorium, (508) 994-5400 x23
Robert Hancock, Coalition for Buzzards Bay, (508) 999-6363 x222
Cindy Barber, Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, (508) 997-1401
Free or reduced admission is available to public schools in the following Massachusetts towns and cities: Acushnet, Boston, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Westport. Please contact the Education Department at (508) 997-0046 x185 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.