The Wattles Jacobs Education Center

The Wattles Jacobs Education Center

The new Wattles Jacobs Education Center will allow the Whaling Museum to meet its dramatically expanding programming needs. The Whaling Museum is committed to fostering a community of lifelong learning through both formal and informal educational programs, which provide meaningful experiences for students, educators, scholars and enthusiasts. Each year, more than 12,000 students and teachers visit the Whaling Museum. The center will provide 3,000 square feet of new classroom space, more than quadrupling the Whaling Museum’s existing classroom space. The center will enhance the Whaling Museum’s ability to actively engage in efforts to improve educational attainment by expanding its meaningful, out-of-the-classroom experience for students and educators.

Wattles Jacobs Education Center planning and construction continues on pace. Expected occupancy is fall 2015.  

For more information on the campaign to build the Wattles Jacobs Education Center, please contact Alison Smart, Vice President for Development & Marketing, at (508) 717-6815. 

 

  Donate
  Wattles Jacobs Education Center Bulletin (pdf)
  To Our Donors
  Architectural Renderings / Walkthrough
  Expanding Accessibility (pdf)
  The Team
  Construction Updates and Photographs

 

Top Twelve Reasons for building a new
Educational Center and Research Library

1 Quadruple educational classroom space
2  Dedicate space for the innovative High School Apprenticeship Program
3 Renovate and connect to the Sundial Building and Captain Paul Cuffe Park
4 Expand the roof-deck with stunning views of New Bedford harbor
5  Beautify Water Street and Johnny Cake Hill by building on a vacant lot
6  Bring all programs, collections, staff and volunteers under one roof
7  Install climate-control systems throughout the entire Johnny Cake Hill campus
8 Enhance the visitor experience with a more cohesive floor plan
9 Add 4 new public galleries to display more of the collection
10 Computer climate controlled vaults with compact storage for the collection
11 Gain efficiencies and energy savings by consolidating all assets into a modern facility
12 Expand access to the Research Library by connecting to the main galleries

 

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