Vendor Spotlight is on the New Bedford Whaling Museum; this historical museum was recently renovated to include a beautiful event space with dramatic windows overlooking the water.
1 How did your business come to be?
Founded in 1903, the New Bedford Whaling Museum encourages visitors to discover the underwater world of whales, the dramatic history of whaling and its impact, and the maritime history of Southcoast Massachusetts. As an event space, this historic setting allows you to depart from traditional venues and give your guests an experience they’ll never forget. Nestled among 18th and 19th century homes and cobblestone streets, with unparalleled harbor views, the Museum is a distinctive venue for intimate gatherings, business meetings and large celebrations. Your guests will enjoy beautiful galleries, event spaces, and full-service catering by Russell Morin Fine Catering & Events.
2. What services do you offer?
The Whaling Museum has an exclusive relationship with Russell Morin Fine Catering & Events, a full-service caterer. Russ and his team have access to all the resources needed to run your event seamlessly. Russ creates unique menus and proposals for each client, so your one-of-a-kind event reflects your style and tastes. His professional staff can assist with a ceremony, provide experienced service personnel, a “day-of” coordinator, and all the essential items and special accessories needed to ensure your event unfolds smoothly. We have seven event spaces, large and intimate, but our most popular wedding spaces are Harbor View Gallery, Bourne Building (home to the Lagoda ship model – largest in the world), Cook memorial Theater, and outside on the Museum’s plaza.
3. Where are you located?
The Whaling Museum is located within the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park at 18 Johnny Cake Hill. We are across the street from the historic Mariners’ Home and Seamen’s Bethel, made famous in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and operated by the New Bedford Port Society. The Museum collaborates with the Seamen’s Bethel to recommend that space for wedding ceremonies. The contact information to book the Bethel for a ceremony is firstname.lastname@example.org or 508 992-3295.
4. How far in advance do you recommend clients to book?
Clients are booking about one year out from their wedding day. It is always great to get a jump start on planning by selecting a date as soon as possible. Saturday rentals are the first ones to go and tend to book up quickly.
5. What is one piece of advice you always give to brides?
Have fun with the planning! The process goes in a blink of an eye. You’ll enjoy the journey if you work with someone who can help with the details. The Planning Coordinator provided by Morin’s at the Museum takes your stress away by helping with the process of menu selections, rentals, and coordinating the day-of, so you will have nothing else to do but have fun!