- Digital Scholarship
- The Second Half: Lectures
- WJEC Grand Opening Celebrations
- "Moby-Dick" theatrical performance
- 3rd Annual Haunted Whaleship
- Book Signing: "A Genius at His Trade"
- Film: "Most Likely to Succeed"
- Lecture Series: Whales in the Heart of the Sea
- Cartography Conference
- An Evening of Yoga & Music
- The GAEA Summit
- Annual Family Activities
- Community Programs
- Annual Events
- Moby-Dick Marathon
- Past Programs
Discover, Learn, Enjoy!
The Museum offers a variety of science, history and cultural programs throughout the year. Join us for a lecture, participate in the Moby-Dick Marathon, or enjoy a hands-on learning experience onboard the Lagoda. Please see below for information on upcoming programs or activities scheduled on an annual basis. - (Technology specifications for presenters)
The Second Half: Fall Lecture Series 2015
The Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute presents a daytime lecture series beginning September 17th.
Wattles Jacobs Education Center Grand Opening Celebrations
Activities included a ribbon cutting ceremony with special honorees Joan & Irwin Jacobs and Kathy & Gurdon Wattles and a museum-wide "open house".
"Moby-Dick" theatrical performance adapted by Tiago Patrício
A 55-minute dramatic adaptation of Moby-Dick, performed in Portuguese with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.
Film Screening: "Most Likely to Succeed"
A college diploma once guaranteed job, but now over 50% of America's new graduates are without a job. Director Greg Whiteley identifies the problem in our antiquated educational system.
Book Signing: "A Genius at His Trade"
Reception & remarks from the author, book signing, and unveiling of the largest model of a Concordia Yawl by artist Tom Borges.
3rd Annual Haunted Whaleship
The Haunted Whaleship reappears October 24th. This not-too-spooky event includes a costume contest, scavenger hunt, refreshments and more!
Whales in the Heart of the Sea: Our Heritage, Culture, and Changing Values Over Time
Free lecture series in advance of the Museum’s exclusive New Bedford premiere (December 2015) of In the Heart of the Sea.
Keeping our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks, and the Unknown
The first cartography conference held at the Museum examines our connection to man’s relationship to the sea over time.
A Quiet Evening of Yoga & Music
This special class created by Yoga on Union welcomes all to experience the blissful process of being quiet. November 15th.
The GAEA Summit
The Global Awareness Education and Action (GAEA) Summit, a public 2-day program on the impacts of climate change on the region, takes place December 3rd and 4th.
Vacation Week activities and other programs such as the Presidents' Day Birthday Celebration.
The Museum creates or partners with community groups and organizations to present a wide variety of public programming.
The Moby-Dick Marathon and the Old Dartmouth Lyceum Lecture Series are some of the anticipated events along with others throughout the year.
The world’s best known readathon of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece, commemorating the anniversary of the departure of the ship Acushnet from New Bedford with Melville aboard.