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History of the Fishing Industry Walking Tour @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Aug 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
History of the Fishing Industry Walking Tour @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

This summer, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center will offer a series of small group walking tours of downtown New Bedford and the working waterfront. These tours will provide guests an opportunity to learn about New Bedfords history and fishing industry while being outside and socially distanced.

Tours will explore topics including the history of the fishing industry, life in a fishing family, and the ins and outs of a contemporary waterfront. Group size will be limited to 10 guests and a tour guide. Guests are encouraged to wear masks.

Tours are $5/person, children under 10 are free, members of the Fishing Heritage Center are free. Click here to purchase tickets.

Tour begins in the parking lot at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and ends at Pier 3. Plan to meet in the parking lot at least 5 minutes before the start of the tour. Following the tour, guests may return to the Center to tour our exhibits. Tour lasts approximately one hour. If the tour is cancelled due to weather, you will know the day of, but with notice.

Fish Tagging Program- Something Fishy Virtual Camp @ ZOOM
Aug 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Researching and studying fish are really important to understanding how many fish live in the ocean! Join us for a virtual program with special guests from the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries to learn more about the fish that live off our coast and what it means to “tag” a fish!

This is a free, virtual program. Click here to register,

This program does not take place at the Fishing Heritage Center. The virtual program takes place on a ZOOM Meeting. Register in advance on Brown Paper Tickets to receive the link and password to join the ZOOM Meeting.

ZOOM is a free video conferencing app that can be accessed on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center’s annual Something Fishy Camp is going virtual this summer! Every Tuesday afternoon from July 7th to August 4th, the Center will host a performer or speaker to lead a digital program over ZOOM. All programs are free! Families interested in participating in any of these programs should register using the provided Brown Paper Tickets link in order to receive the necessary password to join the ZOOM Meeting. Learn more about Something Fishy Camp at

Something Fishy Summer Camp is produced by New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center in partnership with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Whaling History Alliance. Funding is provided by New Bedford Day Nursery, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and BayCoast Bank.

IRL AHA! Night @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
Aug 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
IRL AHA! Night @ New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Stop by the Fishing Heritage Center for an IRL AHA! Night from 5:30pm- 7:30pm! Check out the latest gallery exhibit, We Came to Fish, We Came to Work: Stories of Immigration and enjoy live music in the Center’s parking lot featuring “Traditional Music from Ireland and the Canadian Maritimes” with Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell on fiddle, John MacDonald on guitar and banjo, and Colin Everett on Irish uilleann pipes, Scottish smallpipes, and whistle.

This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about AHA! Night by clicking here.

The number of guests inside the Center is limited to 10 at a time. Masks are required for entry to the parking lot and the Center. Click here to see the Center’s COVID-19 Safety policies.

Dock-u-mentaries: Seadrift @ ZOOM
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dock-u-mentaries: Seadrift @ ZOOM

Save the date for our August Dock-u-mentaries film, Seadrift. Following the virtual screening on ZOOM, we will be joined by filmmaker Tim Tsai for a discussion of the film. Click here to join the ZOOM Meeting

In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese arrival in the U.S., Seadrift is a feature documentary that examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today. Click here to watch the trailer for Seadrift.

Thank you to BankFive for supporting our film series.



38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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