Audubon Events

During the run of the Birds of the First Light & Longhouses exhibition, the Museum will be collaborating with a variety of organizations around the city on Audubon related events. Please check back often for updates!


Special tours of NBAM/AW!’s Audubon exhibit and New Bedford Free Public Library’s collection. Free, meet at Museum.

Pre-registration required, max 6 people per tour.

Chick on the date to register:
8/23/2018, 6 PM – 7:30 PM
9/27/2018, 6 PM – 7:30 PM

New Bedford’s Best Bird Photo Contest

7/1 – 10/11

During the run of the exhibit, people will be invited to participate in an online bird photo exhibition, via Instagram, using #NBbestbird

Anyone can participate! How to enter:

  1. Take a photo of a bird in the wild, in your backyard, or even a selfie with a bird. Any bird-related images qualify!
  2. Post the image on your personal Instagram and tag us @nbam_aw with the hashtag #NBbestbird.
  3. Join us for the Best Bird Photo Contest Award Ceremony on 10/11/2018, 5PM – 8PM . Winners announced at 7PM.

Prizes include a free membership, a fancy NBAM/AW! mug, and more!

Nesting Nights, Group Knitting in the Galleries

8/16 and 9/20,  5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Drop-in knitting and crochet group in the galleries. Bring your own projects to work on while hanging out with other knitters and special guest fiber artists who will be available to instruct, give pointers, and challenge your knitting skills!

8/16, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Award-winning designer Robin Bergman uses luxury yarns and natural fibers to create hand-loomed knitted clothing and accessories. Some of her inspirations are ethnic clothing, costumes, and antique garments. All of her designs and fabrics are original.

Sponsored by Wicked Cool Programs Grant


Take some time out before your busy day to explore local Mass Audubon Sanctuaries. Participants are invited to reconnect with nature, listen and look for native birds, and experience the landscape.

These walks are self-guided if you’re interested in booking a tour with a naturalist, click here!

8/7, from 7 AM – 9 AM
Meet at  Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, The Allens Neck Trail System
1280 Horseneck Rd. Westport, MA 02790 508-636-2437
Explore sanctuary guidelines and trails.

9/4, from 7 AM – 9 AM
Meet at Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Huckleberry Loop Trail 
Stockton Shortcut Wareham, MA
Explore sanctuary guidelines and trails.


Birding: Shaw Farm Trail in Fairhaven
7/28, 8-10 am
Shaw Farm Trail
97 Shaw Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719

Take a morning walk with the Buzzards Bay Coalition, the New Bedford Art Museum, and experienced local birder Nate Marchessault to look and listen for songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors at Nasketucket Bay State Reservation in Mattapoisett. The walk will follow Shaw Farm Trail through the woods to the beach overlooking Nasketucket Bay.

Click here to register for this free program.


8/22 – 8/24, between 12 – 4 PM

The exhibition of John James Audubon prints started with 31 bird species that are declining today on exhibit in the Museum’s Skylight Gallery. From August 22nd through August 24th, the prints will slowly be replaced by 31 species of birds that are increasing in New England and New York. The exhibition literally evolves, beckoning bird lovers to return to the Museum for something new several times throughout the run of the exhibition.

Stop by and check out the turnover!


WOMEN IN AUDUBON’S LIFE: The Indefatigable Lucy

A Living Timeline with Susan Gabert
9/26, 6:30 – 8 PM

Join Susan Gabert as she unpacks the history of the women in Audubon’s life through a female lens.  This interactive lecture tracks Audubon’s mother, step-mother, female workers, and of course his wife and business partner Lucy Audubon.


SWAN SONG: Private Wine Tasting + Tour
Thursday, October 4th
6 PM, ages 21+
Tickets $20/person
Swirl and sip your way through the Museum’s updated exhibition highlighting all new prints from John James Audubon’s Birds of America elephant folio. Featuring an insightful private part two tour of the Birds of First Light and Longhouses: The Prints of John James Audubon with Curator Louie Doherty, Curator of Art for the Special Collections Department at New Bedford Free Public Library Janice Hodson, and NBAM/AW’s own Jamie Uretsky. Enjoy pairings of wines, chocolate, and cheese to delight your palette while they share behind-the-scenes tidbits. Join us for our Audubon exhibition’s swan song as we get say goodbye to some of New Bedford’s most treasured artwork.

Best Bird Photo Contest/Party 

10/11/2018, 5 PM – 8 PM

AHA! — 7 PM Winner Announced, snack and DJ.