Partner Directory

New Bedford’s creative, cultural, and business communities come together on the 2nd Thursday of each month to present AHA Moments: inspiring, festive adventures filled with art, music and history as well as eclectic dining and shopping.

Museum & Attractions

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

As an authentic whaling mansion dating to 1834 and the only estate of this type on its original grounds, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (RJD) shares stories about New Bedford’s history, the families and workers that lived on site, life in the 19th and 20th centuries, and whaling’s impact on the world. The one-acre property includes a formal boxwood rose parterre garden, a boxwood specimen garden, and woodland area, and a 19th century wooden lattice pergola. A Greek Revival mansion sits at the north west corner of the estate, and features period rooms and changing exhibitions. The property is a National Historic Landmark (one of only 2,500 in the entire country). The Museum is open for general visitation, group tours, events, education programs and private rental year-round. The RJD also serves the local schools with curriculum-related field trips. The historic gardens are free to visit seven days a week and the Museum has a modest entrance fee.

Cultural OrganizationsTheater / Performing Arts

Seaglass Theater Company

Creatively staged productions from opera, musical theater and beyond.

Theater / Performing ArtsYouth & Education

Stage Artistry Studios

Stage Artistry Studios’ mission is to provide the highest caliber of performing arts education to students of all ages and abilities, and to foster individual growth in a caring, supportive artistic community.

Galleries & Artist Studios

The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is a curated art & design shop featuring original work by dozens of New England artisans. Stop in and discover something beautiful.

Cultural OrganizationsGalleries & Artist Studios

UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery

UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery, Star Store Campus in Downtown New Bedford

Cultural Organizations

Workers Art Center

The Worker’s Art Center (WAC) supports the artistic endeavors of working people focusing on social justice, labor and racial justice, and civil rights. WAC presents inspiring and insightful programming which promotes visual art, live music, poetry, movies, creative educational presentations, oral history and storytelling. All are invited to participate!

Cultural OrganizationsMuseum & AttractionsTheater / Performing Arts

Your Theatre

Non profit community theatre who, in partnership with WHALE, is opening Steeple Playhouse as its permanent home and as a rentable Performing Arts Center for small to medium sized events. Located at the Historic First Baptist building on William St in Downtown NB, attendees will have access to the rich cultural and commercial assets of the historic streets of New Bedford. Due to open early 2023!!! Contact us if you are looking for reasonable space to host your non profit or private event!