Programs and Events

April 1 - DIVE!

Maritime Museum

DIVE!” explores the history of SCUBA diving and the use of sunken ships as artificial reefs for aquatic life and divers. This exhibit includes an early 20th century brass and copper diving helmet, a model submarine, sea creatures, and infographics on diving and reefs. Join the museum as we explore the murky depths of the ocean.

May 17 - SOLD OUT An Evening to Remember Captain Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.

Heritage State Park

Join us for an evening to remember....

Battleship Cove and the USS Thomas Hudner Commissioning Committee will host a reception and speaker's event entitled
An Evening to Remember at Fall River's Heritage State Park beginning at 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Speakers will include Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN (Ret.), and the commanding officer of DDG-116, Cmdr. Nathan W. Scherry USN, and Thomas J. Hudner III.

The keynote speaker of the evening will be Cmdr. David Kohnen PhD. USN, the Director of the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research at the Naval War College. He will reflect on the enduring legacy of Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown on Naval heritage, history and culture.

Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Hudner attended Phillips Academy and the United States Naval Academy. He joined Fighter Squadron 32, flying the F4U Corsair at the outbreak of the Korean War. Arriving near Korea in October 1950, he flew support missions from the aircraft carrier USS Leyte.

On December 4, 1950 Hudner and Ensign Jessie Brown were among a group of pilots on patrol near the Chosin Reservoir when Brown's Corsair was struck by ground fire from Chinese troops and crashed. In an attempt to save Brown from his burning aircraft, Hudner intentionally crash-landed his own aircraft on a snowy mountain in freezing temperatures to help Brown. In spite of these efforts, Brown died of his injuries and Hudner was forced to evacuate, having also been injured in the landing.

Captain Hudner would receive the Medal of Honor in 1951 from President Truman for his selfless act of bravery.

The event will begin with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar to be followed by a screening of Captain Hudner's video oral history, and the speaking program.

$35 per person, $60 per couple To purchase tickets, clink the link below, or call 508-678-1100 ext. 101. The Heritage State Park building is located next to Battleship Cove at 200 Davol Street, Fall River, MA.

May 26-28 - Memorial Day Weekend

Free admission for all US veterans and active duty personnel who show proof of service.

May 26 - Nautical Nights

Family Overnight

Spend the night on a WWII battleship and experience life as sailor! Sleep on Navy bunks, eat chow-style meals and participate in ship activities!. Guests will enjoy an delicious dinner, full breakfast and all day admission to two museums. Reservations are required, and can be made by clicking the link below, or by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101. $69 per person.

June 30 - Star Wars Themed Day at Battleship Cove

Star Wars Themed Day at Battleship Cove
The ultimate family outing!
Saturday, June 30th
10:00am–4:00pm


FALL RIVER, MA: Calling all Jedi! The Galactic Empire is one of the most feared military forces in the galaxy! However, did you know that their uniforms were inspired by the Germans during World War II? In fact, the look of Star Destroyers, “Stormtroopers”, spacecraft and battles all were designed based on symbols and imagery from the Second World War!

From 10 AM to 4 PM, there will be a rotating and fixed schedule of special Star Wars themed activities including:

• A special visitor from a “Galaxy Far, Far Away” will make an appearance.
• “How World War II inspired Star Wars” Demonstration Station
• The Dark or the Light: Enlist in Star Wars Craft
• Gamin Station featuring Star Wars inspired games including Battlefront 2
• Is that a Tie-Fighter: Star Wars ship spotting
• Special scavenger hunt
Feel free to attend in your favorite Star Wars costume. Be advised, masks or blasters (or any type of weapon) will not be allowed on campus – Light sabers will be allowed. All activities included in general admission.

May 28 - Memorial Day Ceremony

Honor and commemorate the men and women who gave their lives for freedom, and those who still fight today. Experience a traditional military observance, with the raising of the American Flag from half-staff and a 21-gun solute. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge and is rain or shine.

July 21 - Annual Clambake Fundraiser

17 Mattapoisett Avenue, Sawansea MA

Battleship Cove and the Maritime Museum will hold its Fourth Annual Clambake Benefit on Saturday, July 21, 3:00-7:00pm, in Swansea!

The Clambake will feature an authentic "bake," (with lobster!) good friends and more, all at a gorgeous waterfront setting. Easy parking.

This is THE event of the season, and a worthy fundraiser for the Commonwealth's official memorial for WWII, Vietnam and Korean Wars, Gulf conflicts and the attacks of 9/11/2001, and the collections housed at the Maritime Museum.

For more information, please call 508-678-1100 ext. 101.

Special thanks to the Clambake Committee and Honorary Chairmen David W. & Daryl Ann Keyes

Tickets are $85 per person

Join Director of the PT Boat Collection, Donald Shannon for a tour inside tow rare PT Boats. These wooden boats, armed with torpedoes, were fast and furious attackers in coastal enemy waters. Tour includes lunch. Reservations are required as space is limited.

Non-members $65, Members $45. 9:00am-12:00pm.