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2015 Past Programs are listed on this page.
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Free Screening: “Counting Fish”
A film by Don Cuddy offered a fascinating look into the world of innovative marine research. November 22nd.
Whales in the Heart of the Sea: Our Heritage, Culture, and Changing Values Over Time
Free lecture series in advance of the Museum’s exclusive New Bedford premiere (December 2015) of In the Heart of the Sea.
A Quiet Evening of Yoga & Music
This special class created by Yoga on Union welcomed all to experience the blissful process of being quiet.
Keeping our Bearings: Maps, Navigation, Shipwrecks, and the Unknown
The first cartography conference held at the Museum examined our connection to man’s relationship to the sea over time.
Whaling Museum Toast and Tour
This fun and informative open house offered an opportunity to experience all of the available rental spaces.
Reel Serious Documentary Premiere: The Reel Tom Lopes
A film about the legacy of Tom Lopes, the first Cape Verdean State Representative of Massachusetts.
3rd Annual Haunted Whaleship
The Haunted Whaleship reappeared October 24th. This not-too-spooky event included a costume contest, scavenger hunt, refreshments and more!
Book Signing: "A Genius at His Trade"
Reception & remarks from the author, book signing, and unveiling of the largest model of a Concordia Yawl by artist Tom Borges.
The Second Half: Fall Lecture Series 2015
The Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute presented a daytime lecture series.
Wattles Jacobs Education Center Grand Opening Celebrations
Activities included a ribbon cutting ceremony with special honorees Joan & Irwin Jacobs and Kathy & Gurdon Wattles and a museum-wide "open house".
Film Screening: "Most Likely to Succeed"
A college diploma once guaranteed job, but now over 50% of America's new graduates are without a job. Director Greg Whiteley identifies the problem in our antiquated educational system.
"Moby-Dick" theatrical performance adapted by Tiago Patrício
A 55-minute dramatic adaptation of Moby-Dick, performed in Portuguese with English subtitles.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
The audience joined more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films.
Mindfulness for Busy People
Kyle Davis of Serlingpa Meditation Center introduced essential mindfulness and meditation techniques.
Free Seminar: Estate Planning and Charitable Giving
This seminar offered practical advice for people in any phase of estate planning.
2015 New Bedford Premiere of the NY Portuguese Short Film Festival
A screening of a series of short films produced in Portugal and abroad. September 10th.
Book Signing: "The Art of the Con"
Steal a seat at this free book signing with remarks from Anthony Amore. September 10th.
Summer Family Programs
Crafts, activities on the plaza, highlights tours, and story time during the months of July and August.
2015 Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
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, 2015.
FREE Kids' Yoga & Meditation Class
This class offered life skills for kids of all ages. Wednesday, August 26th
Party for the Ocean Day
The Whaling Museum along with local partner organizations presented a day full of hands-on activities that taught us how to keep our oceans healthy.
OVER THE TOP Summer Gala
All proceeds from this annual summer event supported the Museum's educational programs. August 1st
Madeira Film Festival 2015: On the Road in New Bedford
An evening of Portuguese film, sponsored in part by Madeira Wine. July 29
Gogo Ferguson Jewelry Trunk Show & Lecture
Artist Gogo Ferguson shared the story behind her elegant, nature-inspired jewelry creations.
Beginner's Drawing Class
An opportunity to sketch pieces on exhibit in the Museum galleries as well as objects not currently on display.
"New Bedford Mansions" Book Launch
A special reception to celebrate the release of New Bedford Mansions: Historic Tales of County Street by Peggi Medeiros.
Free Fun Fridays 2015
Activities throughout the day with free admission, July 10th. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.
NRP Sagres visit to New Bedford
NRP Sagres, a steel-built three masted barque, docked at the Port of New Bedford and was open for public visits July 8th and 9th.
The 6th Annual Nautical Antiques Show
High quality sale of marine antiques including scrimshaw, nautical instruments, whaling logbooks, ship models, photos, paintings, prints, and memorabilia.
27th Annual Scrimshaw Weekend 2015
Attracting enthusiasts from across the country and abroad who gather to share the enjoyment of this distinctive and beautiful art form. The 6th Annual Nautical Antiques Show kicked things off.
The 25th Annual Sailors’ Series
The 25th Annual Sailors’ Series illustrated lectures presented a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.
A Grateful Dead Yoga Experience
An opportunity to practice yoga, enjoy the classic music of the Grateful Dead and well, be grateful!
April Vacation Week
Families were invited to the Museum for a special week of crafts, hands-on activities and more.
Right Whale Day 2015
Free family activities focusing on the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale. April 20
The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Lecture Series
The Museum partnered with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute to provide a daytime lecture series.
Painting with a Splash FOR KIDS
Kids enjoyed creating their very own masterpiece painting at the Museum.
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
Focused on the increasingly important role of marine mammal bioacoustics in various aspects of marine mammal biology and conservation.
Of Earth, Sea and Fire: A Symposium of Makers
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Pre-conference Symposium at the Museum, led by artists from the exhibition Of Earth and Sea.
Painting with a Splash
A night out at the Museum with step-by-step painting instructions and a lot of fun!
Presidents' Day kicks off February vacation programs
Presidents’ Day kicked off a week of events during February school vacation that included special tours and hands-on activities each day.
A Community Dialogue with Dr. Antonia Darder
Her presentation featured a discussion on language, culture and education, and the continued relevance of the work of Paulo Freire. Free Event
An introduction for newcomers and a refresher for seasoned hands, presented by Stuart M. Frank, PhD, Senior Curator Emeritus of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Moby-Dick Marathon 2015
The 19th annual Moby-Dick Marathon set sail January 2-4, celebrating readers of all ages during a weekend of programs surrounding the nonstop reading of Herman Melville’s literary masterpiece.
"The Hunt for Moby-Dick", Lecture by Philip Hoare
This pre-marathon lecture featured celebrated author Philip Hoare, with a screening of his film titled The Hunt for Moby-Dick.
Renew & Celebrate
A New Year’s yoga and meditation class at the Museum, appropriate for all levels of experience.