- Family Activities
- Community Programs
- Old Dartmouth Lyceum
- Ellis Antique Show
- Haunted Whale Ship
- Around the World and Back Again Reception
- Chairman's Awards Celebration
- New Year's Eve Bash
- Moby-Dick Marathon
- Watkins Bioacoustics Symposium
- Annual Events
- Charles W. Morgan Visit
- Sailors' Series
- Whaling History Symposium
- Scrimshaw Weekend
- Fado from Portugal
- 20 Feet From Stardom
- 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)
Vacation Week activities and other programs such as the Presidents' Day Birthday Celebration.
Old Dartmouth Lyceum
The Museum's Fall lecture series focuses on major upcoming projects. October 16, 30, November 13 and 18.
New Bedford Whaling Museum @ the Ellis Boston Antiques Show
Visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s special exhibit at the Ellis Boston Antiques Show, Thursday through Sunday, October 23–26, 2014.
Haunted Whale Ship, Spirited History
Back by popular demand! The family-friendly haunted whale ship reappears Saturday, October 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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
Over the Top and the New Year's Eve Bash are some of the anticipated events along with others throughout the year.
The Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures present a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.
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.
The world’s only regular forum where collectors, dealers, curators, art enthusiasts, history buffs, and others can share their interests in, and insights into, the whalers’ indigenous occupational art of scrimshaw.
The Museum creates or partners with community groups and organizations to present a wide variety of public programming.
Fado from Portugal
Join Portuguese Fado singers Duarte Coxo and Sara Correia for an intimate evening of Fado in the Whaling Museum Theater. October 17
Free Screening: "20 Feet From Stardom"
The Zeiterion Theater presents a free screening of the film 20 Feet From Stardom in anticipation of Darlene Love's live concert.