Media Contacts

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tina Malott, (508) 997-0046 x139

Director of Marketing and Communications, Arthur P. Motta, Jr., (508) 997-0046 x153


Pending Additional Ivory Laws

Beyond existing federal laws, several states are considering additional restrictive language which will impact the possession of antique scrimshaw. The following links are provided as an educational public service:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory – Ivory
Proposed ivory law unfairly targets scrimshaw and antiques
Antique Scrimshaw Collectors Association

New Bedford Whaling Museum in the News


Press Releases


08.12.2015  Robert Rocha assumes presidency of National Marine Educators Association

06.26.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum opens Dr. Gilbert and Frima Shapiro Gallery, July 4

06.03.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum extends hours on ‘Evening Tuesdays’

05.26.2015  Annual meeting day to include dedication of new International Gallery, May 29

05.11.2015  Annual Scrimshaw Weekend to include discussion of controversial bills

05.08.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum earns top nonprofit rating

04.29.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum awarded $50,000 grant to restore famous panorama

04.21.2015  Sailors’ Series focuses on maritime archeology at World Trade Center site, April 23

04.15.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum to establish satellite exhibition space in Cabo Verde

04.12.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum position on Bill H-1275 (pdf)

04.10.2015  “Energy & Enterprise: Industry and the City of New Bedford” opens April 17

03.30.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum kicks-off April vacation week with Right Whale Day celebration!

03.27.2015  “Where the Land Meets the Sea” presented by the Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition continues on April 1

03.26.2015  Painting with a Splash for Kids is coming to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on April 11

03.24.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum to host 27th annual Scrimshaw Weekend, May 15-17, 2015

o3.23.2015  ‘Schooling With Whales’ Weekend Teachers Workshop, April 18-19, 2015

03.12.2015  Author John E. Conway to present “Tales of the Buckrammer” lecture at the Whaling Museum on Thursday, March 19

03.10.2015  The Museum and Buzzards Bay Coalition partner to present “Where the Land Meets the Sea: Working to Restore and Maintain the Health of the Buzzards Bay Watershed”

03.05.2015  The Museum celebrates ceramic arts in March with two exhibitions and a NCECA Pre-conference Symposium

02.23.2015  Painting with a Splash is coming to the New Bedford Whaling Museum

02.14.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum closed Sunday, February 15

02.10.2015  Feb. 12 Sailors’ Series lecture featuring Llewellyn Howland postponed due to potential snowstorm

02.06.2015  The Voices of Whales: Whaling Museum Receives a Major Gift from WHOI

02.04.2015  Sailors’ Series celebrates 25 years with diverse lineup Feb. 12 – May 7

01.26.2015  New Bedford Whaling Museum closed January 27 & 28

01.23.2015  Presidents' Day kicks off February vacation programs at the Museum, Feb. 16-20



12.30.2014  Cabrillo National Monument to welcome the Museum’s traveling exhibition Yankee Baleeiros! on January 25

12.23.2014  19th Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates readers of all ages, Jan. 2-4

12.19.2014  New Year’s Eve Bash at the Museum to feature the Becky Chase Band and the Jazz Duo of Dori Rubbicco & John Harrison

12.16.2014  New Bedford Whaling Museum to establish the Dr. Gilbert and Frima Shapiro Gallery

12.09.2014  No Ordinary Being Book Signing with Llewellyn Howland III at Lannan Ship Model Gallery, Dec. 17

11.20.2014  Celebration of the release of No Ordinary Being with holiday party and book launch on December 4

11.13.2014  Whale science and acoustics to be delved Nov. 18

11.07.2014  Old Dartmouth Lyceum lecture “Of Earth and Sea” features ceramic arts, Nov. 13

11.07.2014  Moby-Dick Marathon reader call-in begins Nov. 11

10.27.2014  Whaling Museum to honor longstanding trustees and volunteers, Nov. 21

10.14.2014  ‘Haunted Whale Ship’ teaches spirited history, Oct. 25

10.08.2014  Panorama conservation begins with preview reception and lecture, Oct. 16

10.06.2014  Old Dartmouth Lyceum Fall Lecture Series to preview major upcoming projects

09.16.2014  Museum’s Tryon painting featured in Addison Gallery of American Art exhibition

09.10.2014  Museum celebrates area teachers with complimentary reception

09.10.2014  New Bedford Whaling Museum to host Portuguese film, lecture and concert events

08.05.2014 Book signing and lecture with War of the Whales author Joshua Horwitz, Aug. 14

07.24.2014  Herman Melville Family Day offers summer fun for the whole family, August 4

07.17.2014  2014 Portuguese Event Series kicks-off tomorrow night with Fado from Portugal

06.27.2014  The Art of Seeing Whales opens on Tuesday, July 1, with public reception

06.16.2014  Museum to launch Yankee Baleeiros! traveling exhibition in Dorchester on June 21

05.23.2014  Chet Van Duzer, to present Perilous Oceans: The Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps

05.20.2014  Museum Breaks Ground on new $6.5 million dollar Wattles Jacobs Education Center

04.29.2014  Author and cultural historian, Philip Hoare, to present his latest book, The Sea Inside on May 14

04.10.2014  Natasha Khandekar to present overview of William I. Koch’s collection of maritime paintings

04.01.2014  Museum to host 26th annual Scrimshaw Weekend May 16 -18

03.31.2014  Museum kicks off April vacation week with Right Whale Day celebration!

03.19.2014  Museum receives $10,000 grant from Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation to support Apprenticeship Program

03.17.2014  Oracle Team USA’s Dirk Kramers and Scott Ferguson to present Innovations in 21st Century America’s Cup Design

02.21.2014  Award Winning photographer, Daniel Forster, to kick-off 24th annual Sailors’ Series, Feb. 27

02.13.2014  New Bedford Whaling Museum to host 24th annual Sailors’ Series spotlighting America’s Cup

02.10.2014  Presidents' Day kicks off February vacation programs, Feb. 17-21

02.04.2014  Colonial Chocolate Night mixes old recipes and free samples, Feb. 13

02.03.2014  Museum names Stephanie Poyant Moran, Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations

01.30.2014  River & Rail Symposium examines past, present and future uses of New Bedford harbor, Feb. 15-16

01.02.2014  Media Advisory: Museum closed Friday, January 3 and Moby-Dick Marathon will go on, Jan. 4-5



12.24.2013  New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, a family and friends affair, Dec. 31

12.23.2013  Moby-Dick Marathon celebrates education, Jan. 3-5

12.12.2013  Boston Tea Party ship model unveiled at the New Bedford Whaling Museum

11.26.2013  BayCoast Bank awards $100,000 grant to New Bedford Whaling Museum

11.11.2013  Early Massachusetts food and herbs is topic of lecture and demo, Nov. 14

11.09.2013  Kenn Harper closes 2013 Old Dartmouth Lyceum series, Nov. 14

10.11.2013  Whaling Museum hosts family-friendly Haunted Whale Ship, Oct. 26

10.09.2013  Whaling History Symposium to focus on New Bedford Port District, Oct. 19-20

10.08.2013  Historic New England awards annual Book Prize to Stuart M. Frank

10.01.2013  Media Advisory–New Bedford Whaling Museum remains OPEN during shutdown

09.30.2013  The Art of Arctic Exploration, Oct. 3

09.23.2013  Following Fish exhibit draws from community, opens Sept. 27

09.13.2013  Old Dartmouth Lyceum explores the Arctic, Sept. 19 – Nov. 14

09.12.2013  New Bedford Whaling Museum Apprentice Program to receive $128,000 federal grant

09.09.2013  Local artist debuts children’s whaling adventure storybook, Sept. 12

07.29.2013  Museum apprentices to host lunchtime stories 

07.19.2013  Herman Melville Family Day offers summer fun for the whole family, July 27

07.08.2013  $1.8 million grant will ‘green-light’ Whaling Museum building project

07.01.2013  Concerts, exhibit and program celebrate American and Cape Verdean Independence at New Bedford Whaling Museum, July 4 and 5

06.07.2013  Hon. Armand Fernandes, Jr. elected chair of the New Bedford Whaling Museum

05.15.2013  Free Fun Fridays

04.18.2013  Arctic Visions exhibit reveals 144-year perspective on a changing landscape, opens April 26

04.09.2013  New Bedford Whaling Museum’s Capital Campaign Tops $6 Million

03.30.2013  Scrimshaw Weekend examines tooth sleuths’ new findings, May 17-19

02.22.2013  The Art of the Ship Model opens at New Bedford Whaling Museum, Feb. 28

02.07.2013  Exhibit of Maya textiles features traditional artistry and local weaving demo, March 2

02.06.2013  Presidents’ Day Birthday Bash, vacation week activities kickoff Feb. 18

02.01.2013  Chocolate Primer mixes sweet history and colonial cocoa sampling, Feb. 9

01.28.2013  Ambassador of Portugal to speak at New Bedford Whaling Museum, Feb. 16

01-07-2013  Sailors’ Series features international experts; launches Feb. 28


Last Modified: August 13, 2015