Past Programs From The Previous Year

Programs are listed in alphabetical order.

Bourne Building Centennial Dedication

November 19, 2016 marked the official unveiling of the Lagoda and the Bourne Building one hundred years ago.

Centennial Lecture Series

Each was presented twice, so there were two opportunities to attend. The lunchtime lecture was an abbreviated 30-minute version of the full lecture in the evening.

Exhibition Opening Reception

Power, Performance and Speed: A celebration of 20th Century Yacht Designers
C. Raymond Hunt and W. Starling Burgess

Film Screening: "Out of Bounds: Sports in the Inner City"

A documentary about how athletes deal with issues of the inner city and how sports could be a vehicle to success.

Free Fun Fridays! 2016

Activities throughout the day with free admission July 22. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Herman Melville’s Life & Legacy

September 28 marked the 125th anniversary of this literary icon’s passing. To celebrate his life and legacy, the Museum, The Melville Society and The Woodlawn Cemetery presented two free events.

Lagoda Centennial

A celebration of the Lagoda exhibit’s second century of service with events and programs befitting the grand old ship.

Lagoda Centennial Gala

Guests enjoyed live performances and gourmet cuisine inspired by the Lagoda’s travels to each of the “Seven Seas.”

Manhattan Short Film Festival

Participants joined more than 100,000 film lovers across 240 cities and six continents to view and vote on the Finalists’ Films of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.

Melville Scholars Workshop, Tours and Lecture

For Moby-Dick Marathon and Herman Melville fans, and anyone curious about why Melville remains relevant today.

Members' Holiday Open House

Museum members enjoyed seasonal libations and festive hors d’oeuvres while browsing an array of products from the White Whale gift store.

Party for the Ocean

A family-friendly day full of hands-on activities to learn how to keep our oceans healthy.

Presidents' Day Birthday Bash kicks off February Vacation Week

Children discovered how New Bedford shaped America’s history, participated in a scavenger hunt, a historic character photo shoot, and more.

Renew & Celebrate 2016

Participants joined Yoga on Union & Whaling Museum communities for their first yoga practice of the new year.

Right Whale Day

Free family activities about the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale.

Sailors' Series 2016: A Century of Design & Invention

The 2016 lecture series kicked off with an illustrated talk titled “The Herreshoff Legacy”.

Screening & Book Signing "In Defense of Food"

FREE Screening of Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” with special guest Dr. David Ludwig. Presented by the New Bedford Wellness Initiative.

Scrimshaw 101

A one-day seminar for newcomers and a refresher for seasoned hands.

Seán Tyrrell performs “Message of Peace”

Irish music and commentary inspired by John Boyle O’Reilly

Shifty Sailors singing group

The group performed a medley of traditional nautical tunes in the Bourne Building.

Symposium: Famine, Friends & Fenians

A symposium on Irish and Irish-American history

Talk & Book Signing: Frozen in Time - An Early New Bedford Carte de Visite* Album

A talk by author and archeologist Susan Lukesh and a book signing of her publication titled “Frozen in Time”.

The Second Half: Fall Lecture Series 2016

The Whaling Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute presented a daytime lecture series titled “Islands”.

The Second Half: Spring Lecture Series 2016

The Museum, in partnership with The Second Half: Lifelong Learning Institute, presented a daytime lecture series.

Whaling History Conference

Stories of the Whale: From New England to the Alaskan Arctic

Where the Land Meets the Sea, 2016

A three-part series of Wednesday evening lectures presented by Buzzard's Bay Coalition and the Whaling Museum.