- Family Activities
- Fall Lecture Series
- Ellis Antique Show
- Haunted Whale Ship
- New Year's Eve Bash
- Moby-Dick Marathon
- Annual Events
- Sailors' Series
- Whaling History Symposium
- Scrimshaw Weekend
- Community Programs
- NY Portuguese Film Festival
- Lecture: Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho
- Fado from Portugal
- 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)
NY Portuguese Short Film Festival
This New Bedford Premiere showcases the best work of a new generation of filmmakers. Thursday, September 18th
Lecture: Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho
In partnership with UMass Dartmouth's Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. Wednesday, September 24th
Old Dartmouth Lyceum
This year’s lecture series focuses on major upcoming projects. October 16, 30, November 13 and 18.
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
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.
Back by popular demand! The family-friendly haunted whale ship reappears Saturday, October 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
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.
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.