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Upcoming Events At The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center

The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center exhibits and events bring communities together to cultivate knowledge and celebrate creativity through the arts, science, and history of Long Island’s whaling heritage.
The spring hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be open April 23 and 24 for spring break. Starting June 19, galleries will be open Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum is located at 301 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor.
To learn more and register for events, visit

Upcoming Events:

For the kids:
Museum Adventure Activity:
Scrimshaw Secrets
April to June | During Visiting Hours
​Calling all private investigators! Dive into the museum’s self-guided activity where you’ll uncover hidden meanings in scrimshaw art and gather clues from interactive videos. After your detective work, craft and etch your own scrimshaw box to take home as a memento of your thrilling adventure!
Admission + $10 participant
$5 Members
​No registration needed.

Earth Day Craft Display
April 4 to 28 | During Visiting Hours
​Craft your own eco-friendly masterpieces using recycled materials! Your finished creations will be featured in our special “Every Day is Earth Day” display, celebrating sustainability and creativity.
​Free with admission. No registration.

Earth Day Eco Workshops:
Environmental Explorations
Mon, April 22 and
Tue, April 23
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
​Day 1 (At The Whaling
Cleaning up the Earth has never been so fun! Explore the dangers of plastic pollution to ocean life through hands-on games, activities, and crafts. Learn what you can do to help keep our oceans clean and create an ocean origami scene using recycled materials.
Day 2 (At Vanderbilt Museum)
Learn how we can be stewards of our amazing planet. Visit the collections and learn about the diversity of Earth’s wildlife, touch corals and shells, and create a portrait of your favorite animal.
$40 for two days, $30 for members of either museum. Registration required. *Note: Registration link will bring you to the Vanderbilt Museum website to sign up for both days.

Water Warriors
Thu, April 25 | 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
​In Honor of Earth Day, join the fight against ocean pollution! Explore the dangerous side effects of water run-off through a hands-on, educator-led watershed model activity. Then, bring the water cycle to life as you construct your very own terrarium to grow plants at home.
Admission + $10 participant
$5 Members
​​No registration needed.

For all ages
Democracy on Main Street Walking Tour
Sat, April 6 | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
(Rain date April 7)
​Join us on a walk down Main Street as we explore the lives of Cold Spring Harbor residents during the nineteenth century and discover a local history of women’s rights and opportunities, community gathering, and civic participation. The final stop on the tour is Preservation Long Island’s Exhibition at the Old Methodist Church, where educators will introduce participants to the Voices and Votes exhibition. Visitors are welcome to stay and explore the gallery at the end of the tour.
​Cost: $25 Participant, $20 Members of either Preservation Long Island or The Whaling Museum & Education Center
​(Registration Required)
Where: Tours will begin at The Whaling Museum & Education Center

NYS Safe Boating Course
(ages 10 and up)
Sat, April 13 | 8:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
​Join a Safe Boating Course at The Whaling Museum to receive your NYS Safe Boating Certificate. Learn the essentials of safe boat operation, regulations, and responsibilities of boat ownership. This course meets the NYS education requirement for the Personal Water Craft Operation Permit, Youth and Adult Boating Certificate.
Cost: $35 Participant, Exhibits included

Stories in Stone: Celebrating Women’s History
Sun, April 14 | 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
​Join us for a picturesque early spring walking tour through St. John’s Memorial Cemetery, with a focus on Victorian-era rituals and Women’s History this month.
Cost: $15 Participant, $10 Members (Registration Required)
Where: Tours will begin at the St. John’s Cemetery

For adults

Crafts & Cocktails: Sourdough,
Let’s Get Started! (ages 21
and up)
Thu, April 11 | 6:30 p.m.
​Let’s take a deep dive into the bubbly world of sourdough starters. Learn about the process of fermentation, from its use on whaling ships to the current explosion in creating delectable breads and goodies at home. You’ll make your own starter and decorate a glass jar to take it home and watch it grow. Enjoy a beer and sample a variety of focaccia breads to inspire you to make your own! You will leave the evening with a pamphlet of recipes to help take care of your starter and begin baking.
​$30 Participant
​$20 Member

Beyond the Book: Greenpeace Captain
Thu, April 18 | 6:30 p.m.
​Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in
Protecting the Future of Our Planet by
Peter Willcox
​How far are you willing to go to save the planet? This April, we’ll embark on a swashbuckling adventure as we sail along with Peter Willcox, a Greenpeace captain for over 30 years. From saving whales in Peru to protesting on Arctic oil rigs, Willcox recounts the many exploits he’s made (and the many prison cells he’s occupied) in the name of Planet Earth. Participants will get a special look at iconic “Save the Whales” memorabilia from the museum’s collection.
$15 participant; Museum members and patrons of Huntington and South Huntington Library free.

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