Programs and Events

April 1 - Closing the Gap: The Role of the Azores During World War II at the Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum

Did you know a small group of picturesque islands in the Atlantic Ocean helped the Allies win Word War II? To celebrate the role the Azores played in the victory over German, the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove is excited to open this fascinating exhibit for the 2017 season.

The Azores played a critical role in the defeat of Nazi Germany by providing the Allies of World War II with a base to attack U-boats, refuel planes, and transport injured service members. A smart political maneuver makes the story even more interesting as a treaty from as far back as 1373, helped to solidify the relationship with the Allies and then neutral Portugal. “The Azores and its friendship to both Britain and the United States is a piece of history seldom taught in classrooms,” suggests Maria Vann, Chief Curator, ‘but its impact was significant in turning the tide of WWII and history of the modern world.”

Closing the Gap: The Role of the Azores During WWII will open on April 1, and runs through December 31, and is included with general admission. Members are always free. For more information, please contact Maria Vann, Chief Curator, at 508-674-3533.

April 21 - Nautical Nights Family Overnight Camping Adventure

Experience a sailor's life and spend the night aboard a WWII Battleship! Sleep in restored Navy bunks and eat meals "chow-line" style in an immersive and fun environment. $60 per person includes overnight accommodations, evening snack, full breakfast, all day admission and a host of educational activities showcasing the life of a sailor. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102.

April 22 - Amateur Radio Day

Radio communications were absolutely crucial for sailors on Navy ships. Join members of the Massasoit Amateur Radio Association as they make contact with radio operators near and far. Visitors are encouraged to observe them, ask questions, and even try their hand at broadcasting! Activity included with general admission. 9:00am-5:00pm

May 6 - Battleship Volunteer Field Day

Here is your chance to volunteer for a day and help preserve a World War battleship! Lunch and supplies provided. Registration required. Contact Emily Bryant at 508-678-1100 ext. 110 for more details, or to register.

May 12 - American Girl Doll Overnight

A special edition of the Nautical Nights overnight program! Girls and their dolls will spend a night on the battleship and learn about life on the World War II homefront through Molly McIntire, An American Girl. her books inspire the evening's activities. Guest will enjoy overnight accommodations, evening snack, full breakfast and a host of educational activities showcasing life on the homefront during the war. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102.

May 13 - USS MASSACHUSETTS' 75th Commissioning Anniversary

275 Years ago, the USS MASSACHUSETTS was officially commission into the US Navy.

May 19 - Fall River Line Day

Maritime Museum

Visit the Maritime Museum to see the astounding collection of Fall River Line Objects, architecture and art of the classic cruise line. The documentary film, "Steamboats: The Fall River Line" will be shown at 1:00pm. Included with general admission.

The Fall River Line was a combination steamboat and railroad connection between New York City and Boston that operated between 1847 and 1937. It consisted of a railroad journey between Boston and Fall River, Massachusetts, where passengers would then board steamboats for the journey through Narragansett Bay and Long Island Sound to the line's own Hudson River dock in Manhattan. For many years, it was the preferred route to take for travel between the two major cities. The line was extremely popular, and its steamboats were some of the most advanced and luxurious of their day. 10:00am-3:00pm

May 20 - Battleship Firepower Tour

Join an expert on battleship gun technology in this small and intimate tour of Big Mamie’s 16” guns. This tour walks visitors through the process of loading and firing, as well as provide historical context. Tour is 9:00am-3:00pm and includes lunch and a souvenir Snack Ration box. Space is limited to 10 guests. $75 for non-members, $55 for members. Ages 13+. Space fills up fast. Please call 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102 for reservations.

May 20 - 20th Century Timeline Living History Display

On Armed Forced day, the USS MASSACHUSETTS Living History Group will host living military historians from various 20th century wars displaying their unforms, equipment and gear. Included with general admission. 9:00am-5:00pm.

Dr. Larson has been a consultant and interpretive specialist for numerous museum, community and public history initiatives related to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland, Delaware, and New York, including the 125 mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, an All-American Road, the NPS Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Park Special Resource Study, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center in Maryland.

In 2001, Larn published an article titled "The Saturday Evening Girls: A Progressive Era Library Club and the Intellectual Life of Working Class and Immigrant Girls in Turn-of-the-Century Boston" in the journal The Library Quarterly. She has also written “Racing for Freedom: Harriet Tubman’s Underground Railroad Network Through New York,” Afro-Americans In New York Life and History, Vol. 36 No. 1, January 2012, and contributed articles and reviews to a variety of other publications.

Cost is $10 per person. Members are free. 7:00pm.

May 25 - Members Stroll and Opening Reception

Members will get a first look at the new interpretation at Battleship Cove and the Maritime Museum with guided tours and light refreshments. Please call 508-678-1100 ext. 101 to reserve your space today. Not a member? Join today and enjoy all the amazing benefits.

May 27 - Nautical Nights Family Overnight

Spend the night on a WWII battleship! Guest will enjoy overnight accommodations, all-day admission , two meals and nautical themed activities. $65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102. Participants must be at least 6 years of age.

May 27-29 - Memorial Day Weekend

Free admission for all US veterans and active duty all weekend. 9:00am-5:00pm

May 29 - Memorial Day Ceremony

Honor and commemorate the men and women of the armed services. Experience a traditional military observance, with the raising of the American Flag from half-staff and a 21-gun salute. The ceremony is open to the public and is a rain or shine event.