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New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center offers a variety of standards-based educational opportunities for students of all ages! Program content can range from history and marine science to arts and culture.

Recent programs include:

All Hands On Deck, a program for upper elementary students focused on safety at sea. (45-75 minutes)

Change Over Time, a program in which students explore the Center’s exhibits and artifacts to understand changes in the workforce, working conditions, sustainability/regulations, and vessels/gear/technology. Appropriate for middle to high school students. (60-90 minutes)

Women’s Work, an exploration of the roles of women at sea, on shore, and in the community. Appropriate for middle to high school students. (60-90 minutes)

Working on the Waterfront, an introduction to career paths in the fishing industry. Appropriate for middle to high school students. (60-90 minutes)

Some Things Fishy, a program initially inspired by an exhibit of Paul Helgesen’s whimsical fish art. In this program, students create original artwork using found objects. This program will be offered during July & August 2022 in conjunction with a new version of the exhibit. Appropriate for third grade and older students. (60-90 minutes)

Programs can be tailored to the particular interests and ages of students. For more information or to schedule a group visit, email Allison at or call (508) 993-8894.

Click here to access digital educational resources including our Virtual Vessel Tour.

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