Where History and Nature Collide
Keeping with its mission to preserve the narratives of the past and pay tribute to the impact whaling had on the region, the museum has seen its collection along with its space grow consistently over its 107-year history. Cocktails next to the world’s largest model ship, The Lagoda, followed by dinner in the Jacobs Family Gallery make this the most unique space for weddings, rehearsal dinners and corporate events on the Southcoast!
Jacobs Family Gallery – Don’t look up
A light and airy bi-level room reflecting the mysteries of the sea. This gallery can be combined with one other space for use in the first hour of your event to accommodate cocktail hour or presentations. This extra space can include the Lagoda Room, Ashley Gallery, the Plaza or the Theater. For example, the cocktail hour can be held in the Lagoda Room and the reception can be held in the Jacobs Family Gallery.
The Bourne Building – Home of the The Lagoda
A premier space featuring gleaming hardwood floors and a full size ship model. There is a mezzanine surrounding the room for additional seating. It provides an interesting canvas for cocktails or dinner.
The Harborview Room – Views of the Harbor
Coming soon! For use beginning in August of 2015 there will be a brand new addition to the Whaling Museum built on the fourth floor, seating 200 guests and overlooking New Bedford Harbor.
The Plaza – Open Courtyard at the Top of Johnny Cake Hill
When paired with the Jacobs Family Gallery this open courtyard is perfect for ceremonies or cocktails. It is nestled at the top of Johnny Cake Hill along cobblestone streets offering a classic and historic New England feel.
Additional rooms & Galleries – So Many to Choose From
In addition to the highlighted spaces there are many other rooms and galleries located within the museum. Please contact Arolin Hughes at [email protected] for rates and further information. Here is a list of some of the other spaces within the museum:
- San Francisco Room & Observation Deck
- The Braitmayer Family Gallery
- The Resource Center
- Cook Memorial Theatre
- Ashley Gallery
- Wattles Family Gallery