- Cultural Communities
- Digital Scholarship
- 25th Annual Sailors’ Series
- Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
- Where the Land Meets the Sea
- Watkins Bioacoustics Symposium
- Nautical Antiques Show
- 27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend
- Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS
- Right Whale Day
- April Vacation Week
- A Grateful Dead Yoga Experience
- Portuguese Theatrical Performance
- Over the Top Summer Gala
- Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
- Family Activities
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- Moby-Dick Marathon
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Meetings & Events
Whether its your annual meeting, customer appreciation, thanking your clients and customers, or building your staff’s teamwork through a three day retreat or a board meeting, there is no better venue than the New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford is the 19th century whaling capital of the world. The century old New Bedford Whaling Museum houses the world’s largest collection of whaling artifacts and the city’s history, located within the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Nestled in the middle of 18th and 19th century homes and shops, along cobblestone streets and a thriving seaport, the New Bedford Whaling Museum promises your business guests a unique experience.
Our open courtyard at the top of Johnny Cake Hill has views of the Seaman’s Bethel and Double Bank. The courtyard can be tented as well. This area is perfect for a ceremony, cocktail hour or al fresco dining.
JACOBS FAMILY GALLERY
One of our premier spaces with light airy windows offers romantic bi-level dining and a ships bow for the sweetheart table and toasts.
An intimate indoor space that can be used for cocktails or an intimate dinner event.
THE BOURNE BUILDING
Our other premier space features gleaming hardwood floors and a full size ship model. There is a mezzanine surrounding the room for additional seating. It is an interesting canvas for cocktails or dinner.
SAN FRANCISCO ROOM
This room has a panoramic view of New Bedford Harbor via the adjacent. The room is perfect for meetings, cocktails, intimate dinners and bridal parties. The view as a backdrop is great for wedding photos.
WATTLES FAMILY GALLERY
This gallery site dates back to the earliest days of New Bedford, as this section of the original museum stands on part of the William Rotch, Jr. homestead.
THE MUSEUM PROPER
A spectacular salute to New Bedford’s rich history. The guests are allowed to wander the museum for an hour at the start of the event.
COOK MEMORIAL THEATER
A state-of-the-art auditorium with complete audio & visual perfect for a corporate presentation or a bridal video.
Photograph (top) by Frank Grace