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)
Over the Top 2014
With the theme of Over the Top: Under Construction, this event will embrace the “unfinished” nature of the building construction site, giving guests an insider preview.
Portuguese Event Series
Series includes an intimate evening of fado, soccer legend Antonio Simoes, films from Portugal and a tourism presentation.
Lecture: Why Whales Matter
A lecture and book signing with Joshua Horwitz, author of the new book: War of the Whales: A true story. Thursday, August 14th
Members' Trip to Madeira
Join us for a trip to the beautiful island of Madeira, Portugal. September 11-19, 2014
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.
Over the Top and New Year's Swingin' Eve are some of the anticipated events along with others throughout the year.
Children's Programs and Activities
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.
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 Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures present a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.
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.
Old Dartmouth Lyceum
The Old Dartmouth Lyceum lecture series seeks to illuminate broader historical themes with fine and decorative arts.
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.