New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

38 Bethel St, New Bedford, Ma 02740, Usa
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Our mission Our mission is to educate the public about the history and culture of New Bedford's commercial fishing industry by engaging them in authentic experiences, to document that culture and history for future generations, and to honor and support the men and women who make their living from the sea.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

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Welcome visitors. Staff the reception area and gift shop. Assist with educational programs. Conduct research. Help with special events.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Share Your Industry Skills and Knowledge

Lead walking tours of the working waterfront. Demonstrate industry skills (net mending, rigging, knot tying, etc.). Demonstrate maritime crafts (model making, marlinspike artistry, etc.). Talk with school groups or the public about your work and life.
  • Occasional, Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Volunteers are important for helping us accomplish our mission. Volunteers are needed during Center operating hours (Thursday-Sunday 10-4) and for occasional evening programs and special events.
About us In order to accomplish our mission we engage the public during our hours of operation through exhibits, interactions with fishermen and fishing families, and special events. We host school groups during the week, participate in community events, and host a variety of off site events and programming. The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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