Programs & Events




Sunday, January 23, 1pm
Members Reception
Museum members are invited to a reception in the double parlors of the mansion where they can view current exhibitions and enjoy a sneak preview of RJD’s newest display featuring New Bedford glass with Collections Manager, Lauren Prescott. Refreshments will be served.


Thursday, February 10, 5:30pm
The Makers Series: Needlework
Virtual Talk with Deidre Scherer
Needlework is a handcraft dating back thousands of years. Deidre Scherer worked in oils, charcoal and pencil before turning to fabric. Her thread-on-fabric work has been shown in over 200 exhibitions worldwide. This event is free as part of AHA Night.

Sunday, February 13, 2pm
Valentine’s Concert – Canceled
With Austin Burns and Michelle Gordon
We regret to have had to cancel this event.


Thursday, March 10, 5:30pm
Greener Futures
Virtual Panel Discussion
Panelists speak about gardening programs that rehabilitate people and communities. This event is free as a part of AHA Night.

Saturday, March 19, 1pm – 4pm
Open House at the Mansion
Drop by 396 County Street for brief guided tours of the mansion, live classical music, and refreshments. Enter a drawing to win a Museum membership and take home a goody-bag! Free admission.




Sunday, April 3, 2pm
Chamber Music in the Parlors
With New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Musicians
The double parlors of the RJD Mansion were used for musical performances by both Jones and Duff families. Beatrice Duff would have regular Thursday “musicales,” as she called them. Enjoy an afternoon of music in the parlors. Fee: $10 Members / $15 Public. Click to register.

Thursday, April 14, 5:30pm
The Makers Series: Woodworking
With Rick Finneran (VIRTUAL)
The RJD’s Facilities Manager and Lead Gardener speaks about poetry, repurposed wood, and the building of a rocking chair. This event is free as part of AHA Night.



Sunday, May 8, 11am
Mother’s Day Tea
Enjoy a Spring outing in the historic garden of the Museum. Parties of two to eight people are welcome for seating under the tent. Your ticket fee includes tea, tea sandwiches, scones and desserts. Spring hats and dress encouraged! Tickets are $25 and must be purchased by May 5.

Thursday, May 12, 6pm
The Makers Series: Glassblowing
With Lauren Prescott, Manager of Collection and Interpretation, RJD & Alfred Aubut, Jr.
Learn about the history of glass-blowing, and New Bedford’s impact on the art form. A glass blower who once worked for Pairpoint Glass Company illuminates the process which has basically remained unchanged over thousands of years. This event is free as part of AHA Night.

Tuesday, May 17, 7pm
Concert in the Garden
With New Bedford High School Jazz Band and Orchestra
This concert features student musicians from New Bedford High School performing various pieces of classical and jazz repertoire from the last 200 years. The New Bedford High School Jazz Band is an after school ensemble grades 9-12 directed by Tim Mason, specializing in multiple styles of jazz and improvisation. The New Bedford High School Orchestra is an after school ensemble grades 9-12 directed by Elijah Langille. Free admission; general seating on the lawn and patio.


Thursday, June 9, 5:30pm
Garden Tour
Rick Finneran, RJD’s Lead Gardener gives a 30-minute tour in the garden, addressing design elements, rose care, and the history of the neighborhood. This event is free as part of AHA Night.


Saturday, June 11
The Annual Garden Party of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House
Our annual party in the garden includes seasonal hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and great décor as well as fun and creative ways to support the Museum.


Sunday, June 19
BuyBlackNB Pop-Up Vendor Market
Join BuyBlackNB on Juneteenth in the gardens of the RJD for a hand-selected diverse group of local vendors offering you the opportunity to find your next favorite product. Free.

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