AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.



Museums & Attractions

Buzzards Bay Coalition
114 Front Street
(508) 999-6363
Open weekdays 9am-5pm and until 9pm on AHA! Nights.
Buzzards Bay Coaltion is a member supported organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed. In 2010 The Coalition opened the Buzzards Bay Center, a landmark project combining historic preservation and green design.  A cornerstone of the project is the Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center, dedicated to engaging the public about our relationship to Buzzards Bay.  Exhibits include an interactive, 3D model of the Buzzards Bay watershed, aquaria demonstrating the impacts of pollution on water quality, and informational displays about the Bay.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center
38 Bethel Street
(508) 993-8894

The Fishing Heritage Center tells the story of the nation’s #1 fishing port past, present and future through exhibits, programs, and archives. Offerings include films, talks, demonstrations, performances, group tours, resource center, gift shop, and more. Open Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm.  Admission $5.  Free for members and children 12 and under.  Open free of charge on AHA nights.

New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
(508) 997-0046

The Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area. It houses the most extensive collection of art, artifacts, and manuscripts pertaining to American whaling in the age of sail - late eighteenth century to the early twentieth, when sailing ships dominated merchant trade and whaling. Open daily 9am-5pm; till 9pm Thurs. in the summer.

New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!
608 Pleasant Street
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740

Visitor Service: 508-961-3099 Memorial Day through Labor Day: Daily 10am - 5pm. Thursday 10am - 7pm. Labor Day through Memorial Day: Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 5pm. Thursday, 12pm - 7pm. Year-round: AHA! Night, 5pm - 9pm.

The New Bedford Art Museum engages the public in experiencing, understanding and appreciating art. Founded in April 1996, the New Bedford Art Museum serves the SouthCoast region's community members and visitors. Located in the downtown historic district of the City of New Bedford, the Museum is housed in the Anthony J. Catojo Building, formerly a bank. The Museum consists of five galleries. On the first level are the Skylight Gallery, Heritage Gallery and the Upper Vault. On the lower level visit the Community Gallery and Lower Vault, with its distinctive circular safe door. Exhibitions change three times each year and vary in subject matter and artistic medium.

The New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitor Center
33 William Street
(508) 996-4095

Hours 9am-5pm daily
Commemorates a living history and heritage reaching back to New Bedford's dynamic era as the world's foremost whaling port during the 19th century. This one of a kind National Park incorporates businesses and homes within the bounds of its historic footprint creating a dynamic experience that blends history and present day.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
396 County Street
(508) 997-1401

Built in 1834 and attributed to architect Richard Upjohn, this Greek revival residence was designed for Mr. Rotch, a prominent whaling merchant. This house and formal gardens are the best examples of the "brave houses and flowery gardens" described by Herman Melville in Moby-Dick. Open year round. Mon.-Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. Noon-4pm. Closed major holidays. Admission $5. FREE on AHA! Nights. Email info@rjdmuseum.org

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
684 Purchase Street
(508) 997-5664 or box-office (508) 994-2900

Historic performing arts center open year-round. Hosts a variety of performances including the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and children's educational programs. Zeiterion is a friend of AHA! and on occasion hosts AHA! Night groups.


Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens
787 Shawmut Avenue
New Bedford, MA 02746
In the heart of New Bedford lies the former nursery of Allen C. Haskell: six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, historic buildings, and more than half an acre of greenhouse space. With this location and array of elements, Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens provides an unrivaled opportunity for The Trustees to save precious urban green space and to engage South Coast communities through horticulture, recreation and education.
The late Allen C. Haskell, a lifelong New Bedford resident and famed horticulturalist, assembled the property over more than 30 years, creating a truly unique and successful nursery. In 2012, The Trustees stepped in at the request of the City of New Bedford to save the property from development and preserve this unique open space and cultural history for future public enjoyment in partnership with the New Bedford community.
The public gardens host a traditional New England style common, beautifully designed historic gardens, one of the oldest homes in New Bedford, and a seasonal welcome center/shop. The reservation is open for all to enjoy from sunrise to sunset each day, and is free to the public.

Lloyd Center for the Environment
430 Potomska Road
Dartmouth, MA 02748
(508) 990-0505
The Lloyd Center for the Environment, situated with its headquarters and spectacular nature preserve overlooking the scenic Slocum River estuary, has achieved a well-earned reputation for excellence in environmental research and education. Through its innovative outreach programs, it has established itself as a highly regarded leader in the ongoing effort to raise awareness of the area’s fragile coastal resources and the importance of protecting them.
At its recently expanded 82-acre nature preserve, comprising pristine salt marsh, maritime forest and undisturbed wetlands, in one of the most unspoiled reaches of Dartmouth, the Visitor Center is open from 10 to 4, Tuesday through Saturday year-round, and on Sundays, June - September, free of charge. Trails are open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

AHA! Is a monthly FREE celebration of arts & culture in downtown New Bedford.