- Cultural Communities
- Digital Scholarship
- 25th Annual Sailors’ Series
- Painting with a Splash
- Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
- Of Earth, Sea & Fire Symposium
- Where the Land Meets the Sea
- Watkins Bioacoustics Symposium
- 27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
- Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS
- Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
- Family Activities
- Community Programs
- Annual Events
- Charles W. Morgan Visit
- Whaling History Symposium
- 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 25th Annual Sailors' Series
The Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures present a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.
Painting with a Splash
Enjoy a night out at the Museum with step-by-step painting instructions and a lot of fun! No experience necessary.
The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
The Museum has partnered with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute to provide a daytime lecture series.
Of Earth, Sea and Fire: A Symposium of Makers
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Pre-conference Symposium at the Museum will be led by artists from the exhibition Of Earth and Sea. March 21 & 22
Where the Land Meets the Sea
A three-part series of Wednesday evening lectures by environmentalists presented by the Whaling Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Watkins Memorial Marine Mammal Bioacoustics Symposium
Focusing on the increasingly important role of marine mammal bioacoustics in various aspects of marine mammal biology and conservation. March 26-29, 2015
27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
The world’s only forum devoted to the indigenous shipboard art of whalers during the “Age of Sail.” May 15 – 17, 2015
Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS
Kids 5 and up will create their very own masterpiece painting at the Museum. No experience necessary.
2015 Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
Includes accommodations at a 4-Star Hotel, visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a Douro River cruise and so much more! Sept. 11 – Sept. 20.
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.
Charles W. Morgan Visit 2014
The Charles W. Morgan and its historic 38th Voyage. Learn more about the nine day visit to New Bedford during the summer of 2014.
Over the Top and the New Year's Eve Bash are some of the anticipated events along with others throughout the year.
Whaling History Symposium
Bringing together scholars, writers, artists, museum curators, and local historians to share interests in whaling, Melville, maritime history, nautical lore, and whaling heritage worldwide.
Old Dartmouth Lyceum
Established in 1828, the Old Dartmouth Lyceum is the region’s oldest public forum for “the advancement of popular education.”
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.