Free April Vacation Week Activities

New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will offer free, hands-on activities during April vacation, April 20th – 23rd.   Activities will include scallop shell decorating, a scavenger hunt, rope making, and knot tying.

On Thursday, April 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Marlinspike Artist, Barbara Merry, will lead a hands-on demonstration on how to make rope.  On Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00 p.m., Erika Hamer of Nautical Creations will demonstrate how to make a ropework key chain. Supplies will be provided to visitors on a first come-first served basis.

Budding artists can decorate a scallop shell in the make and take craft area while learning more about scallops.  A scavenger hunt will provide an opportunity for all to learn more about the commercial fishing industry while exploring the Center’s exhibits. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at knot tying, a skill needed by all who make their living on the water.

In addition to the vacation week activities, visitors are invited to try on foul weather gear; explore the wheelhouse; and race the clock while donning a survival suit.  Ropeworks: Exploring the Nets and Knots of the Industry will be on exhibit in the Center Gallery.

Admission to the Center is free.  The Center is located at 38 Bethel Street with free parking in the adjacent lot.   Open Thursday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through archives, exhibits, and programs. For more information please call the Center at  (508) 993-8894 or by email at