For planning purposes, it is greatly appreciated if you register for RJD programs. Registration and minimum bookings are required for certain programs.

Calendar – Lectures and Workshops are funded by the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation 

EBT Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance.

The RJD is happy to honor FREE admission for House Tours and 20% off program registration fees to all guests that present a valid EBT card. Call the Museum for more information and to learn more about the program! Click here for full details –

Current Exhibitions:
Open during Museum Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm

World War I Centennial Exhibit • A Salute to Service

Although the United States did not enter WW I until 1917, young Americans volunteered as ambulance drivers to save French lives on the front line prior to our engagement. One of them was New Bedford resident William Rotch Bullard (1893-1953), grandson of William Rotch Jr., and father of Peter Bullard. Enjoy a small exhibit in the Upstairs Gallery featuring William’s military attire, diaries, photos and a collection of wartime sketches. William drove an ambulance for the Norton Harjes Ambulance Service with the French Army Section from July of 1916 to June of 1917. He then served with Section 61, Chefadjoint, from June to October of 1917 and was wounded at Verdun on August 20, 1917. He served with the French Army on Verdun (1916), Champagne, Chemin des Dames and Verdun (1917) fronts. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery, Nov. 29, 1917, in France, and served with the 65th Artillery in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives and was promoted to First Lieutenant Oct. 11, 1918. 

The Lure of the Gardens

Flowered gowns and accessories from the families who lived at the RJD create a garden in the galleries. By the middle of the 19th century printed cloth had become more available for purchase at local yard good stores. Ladies could make their own dresses with the newly invented sewing machines or instruct their seamstress in the current styles as published in the Godey’s Ladies Book. Elaborate bustles and trims adorn these creations. Hats and bonnets, gloves, reticules (bags), tiny shoes and boots completed the look.  Curated by Blair Walker, RJD Curator.

Thursday, October 11 • 5:30 p.m. • AHA! Evening
The Appalachian Trail and Modern Transcendentalism with Rick Finneran

Rick Finneran, RJD staff and 2016 Thru Hiker, will discuss transcendentalism influence as manifested in today’s hiker culture. Rick shares stories, poetry, and examples of the innovations in hiking gear which have enabled more individuals to experience long-distance hiking and to commune with nature.

No fee.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 23, 24, 25 • 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Workshop/Open House
The Great Pumpkin Parade at the RJD and New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!

NBAM/AW kicks off the fun on October 21 at 1:30 p.m. with a pumpkin-carving workshop. Those who need inspiration may look to the artists on-hand that day to help. Pumpkins carved at this workshop can be submitted to the Pumpkin Parade at the RJD on October 23, 24, and 25. 

Just days later, on October 23rd, 24th, and 25th, the public is invited to visit the grounds of the RJD to see a display of Jack-O-Lanterns, submitted from the art museum’s workshop as well as from community members. Inside the historic mansion, children can participate in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Refreshments served.

A suggested donation is accepted at the door of the RJD: $5 per person or $10 per family; Registration is requested for the NBAM/AW workshop: visit There is a fee of $2 per pumpkin.

Thursday, November 8 • 5:30 p.m. • AHA! Evening
Exhibition Talk: The Lure of the Gardens with Blair Walker

The RJD’s resident curator speaks about her latest exhibition. By the middle of the 19th century, printed cloth had become more available for purchase at local yard good stores. Women were making their own dresses with the newly invented sewing machine or instructing their seamstresses to create a style from the latest Godey’s Ladies Book.

No fee.

Thursday, November 29 • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Fundraiser
Holiday “Tree-view” Party

Get a preview and have the first opportunity to purchase the festive trees brightening the halls of the RJD. Enjoy seasonal cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

Tickets on sale at the RJD web site starting October 15.

November 30 – December 9, 2018 • Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Happenings • A New Way to Celebrate the Season

For two weeks in early December, the halls of the RJD will be decked with lights, ribbons, baubles and boughs of greenery.  Trees which have been decorated and donated to the museum by community groups, schools, artists and designers will be displayed within the rooms of the mansion.  All items are for sale, and profits help fund the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses.

Purchase a tree for your home or donate it to a local charity.       

Friday, November 30 & Friday, December 7 • 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Happenings • 
Fruitcake Fridays

Before you rush home, stop by the museum for a look at the holiday trees, a sip of cider and a bite of everyone’s favorite holiday food. Guests are invited to share their own favorite recipes in our Fruitcake Folio at the museum. 

Free to members, or with admission.

Saturday, December 1 • 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. • Open House
Family Day

Drop by the RJD to see the display of trees and holiday decorations.  Warm yourself with a hot beverage, do a seasonal craft, and play a scavenger hunt throughout the museum.

Free to members, or with admission.

Tuesday, December 4 • 5:30 p.m. • Lecture and Tour
County Street Christmas

Hear how different holidays were observed by the original residents, and enjoy a house tour with an RJD docent.

Free to members or with admission.

Thursday, December 13 • 5:30 p.m. • AHA! Evening
Music of the Season with Our Sisters’ School Chorus

Visit the RJD to see our decorated historic rooms, warm yourself with mulled cider and hear music performed by the OSS Chorus.

No fee.


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