- Digital Scholarship
- 25th Annual Sailors’ Series
- Dialog with Dr. Darder
- Presidents' Day & February Vacation
- Of Earth, Sea & Fire Symposium
- Where the Land Meets the Sea
- Watkins Bioacoustics Symposium
- Members’ Trip to Porto, Portugal
- Family Activities
- Community Programs
- Scrimshaw Weekend
- Annual Events
- Charles W. Morgan Visit
- Whaling History Symposium
- Moby-Dick Marathon
- Past Programs
Weddings & Receptions
Picture your wedding reception in one of America’s most historic cities. The century old New Bedford Whaling Museum is located within the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Nestled in the middle of 18th and 19th century homes and shops, along cobblestone streets and a thriving seaport.
Our open courtyard at the top of Johnny Cake Hill has views of the Seaman’s Bethel and Double Bank. The courtyard can be tented as well. This area is perfect for a ceremony, cocktail hour or al fresco dining.
JACOBS FAMILY GALLERY
One of our premier spaces with light airy windows offers romantic bi-level dining and a ships bow for the sweetheart table and toasts.
An intimate indoor space that can be used for cocktails or an intimate dinner event.
THE BOURNE BUILDING
Our other premier space features gleaming hardwood floors and a full size ship model. There is a mezzanine surrounding the room for additional seating. It is an interesting canvas for cocktails or dinner.
SAN FRANCISCO ROOM
This room has a panoramic view of New Bedford Harbor via the adjacent. The room is perfect for meetings, cocktails, intimate dinners and bridal parties. The view as a backdrop is great for wedding photos.
WATTLES FAMILY GALLERY
This gallery site dates back to the earliest days of New Bedford, as this section of the original museum stands on part of the William Rotch, Jr. homestead.
THE MUSEUM PROPER
A spectacular salute to New Bedford’s rich history. The guests are allowed to wander the museum for an hour at the start of the event.
COOK MEMORIAL THEATER
A state-of-the-art auditorium with complete audio & visual perfect for a corporate presentation or a bridal video.