- 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
- A Grateful Dead Yoga Experience
- Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS
- Right Whale Day
- April Vacation Week
- Over the Top Summer Gala
- Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
- 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 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.
The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
The Museum has partnered with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute to provide a daytime lecture series.
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 27-29, 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.
Right Whale Day
Free family activities focusing on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. April 20
April Vacation Week
Join us throughout the week for crafts, hands-on activities and lots of family fun.
Over the Top Summer Gala
OVER THE TOP Summer Gala is formal affair to benefit the New Bedford Whaling Museum. August 1, 2015
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.
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.