The New Bedford Whaling Museum will kick off April vacation week on April 21 with its annual Right Whale Day celebration. Guests are encouraged to take a walk inside the life-size inflatable right whale and participate in the many activities scheduled throughout the day.

Stephanie Poyant Moran via New Bedford Whaling Museum

10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Right Whale Obstacle Course (presented by the Museum’s high school apprentices)

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Go Inside the Inflatable Whale (presented by Whale and Dolphin Conservation)

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Make Right Whale Magnets & Whale Origami (presented by the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance)

10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Right Whale Crafts & Learning Activities (presented by Museum docents & high school apprentices)
10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Inflatable Right Whale Calf, Right Whale Information & Photo-Op with the Right Whale Calf (presented by the NOAA Office of Education)

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Right Whale Identification Activities (presented by Museum volunteers)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. “Waltzes with Giants” readings with author/artist Peter Stone

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Learn to draw right whales with Peter Stone

1:35 p.m. Celebrate the now-permanent ‘Ship Strike Rule’ with some Right Whale cake.

The Whaling Museum will also be having special programs all week long so be sure to check them out.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25:Free crafts and family activities. Create your own scrimshaw (using soap and shoe polish), throw a harpoon with our family-friendly harpoons and target rings, and more.

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Participate in a 45-minute highlights tour with a Museum Docent. Tours leave from the front desk. (Regular admission rates apply)

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Free film “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship” in Cook Memorial Theater. “Ocean Frontiers” is an engaging, inspirational film that features four very different, but equally important success stories of ocean stewardship, including one that is taking place in Massachusetts Bay.

11:00 a.m. to Noon Go below deck on the Lagoda! (Regular admission rates apply)

Friday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. All aboard the Lagoda! Join the crew of Captain C. Weade on board the Lagoda for an adventure on the high seas! Travel the world, interact with new cultures, learn the ropes of a whaleship, and go a-whaling. (Regular admission rates apply).

All activities taking place in the Jacobs Family Gallery, Cook Memorial Theater, or the Museum Plaza are FREE. Any events in any other location will require the regular admission charge. For more information you may call 508-997-0064 or visit