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.

Tuesdays, July 10 – August 14 • 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Outdoor
Yoga in the Garden, with the YMCA

Experience the restorative ambiance of RJD’s historic gardens, from your first opening breath of awareness to final savasana. YMCA Yoga instructor Mary Beauregard will lead a Vinyasa class suitable for any level of yogi. Increase flexibility, strength, and mindfulness in this unique urban garden setting. Register for this course at

Fee: Free for YMCA members / $5 per class, Public & Drop-in


Thursday, August 2 • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. • Exhibit Opening
The Lure of the Gardens

The galleries “blossom” with floral dresses from the collection, curated by RJD’s curator, Blair Walker.  Visit to see the exhibition and enjoy refreshments on the porch. Open to the public, and free of charge.

Thursday, August 9 •  5:30 p.m. • AHA! Evening
Why Trees? with Justin Ohlson

The arborist for the city of New Bedford, Justin Ohlson offers tips on tree care as well as giving an overview of some city initiatives to make New Bedford a greener place. No fee.

Sunday, August 19 • 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • In partnership with the Arnold Mansion
Open House at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

These two historic mansions are connected by more than County Street, and there are fewer than six degrees of separation between James Arnold and William Rotch Jr. Drop by on our shared open house day to visit the exhibitions, enjoy refreshments, and take part in some historic lawn games, like croquet. Free.

Thursday, August 23 • 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) • Concert
Seaglass Theater Company Presents…
Endless Summer

Vintage songs of the summer is the theme for this live concert, featuring vocalists with accompanying instrumental music.  Grab a cool drink and listen to popular hits including Summertime, It’s Too Darn Hot, Under the Boardwalk and many more.  For advance tickets, visit

 Advance Tickets: $20 / Tickets at the door: $25

Thursday, September 13 • 5:30 pm • AHA! Evening
Fall Clean-Ups with Peter Quinlan

Do more this season to be Spring-ready. Peter Quinlan is a landscaper who has worked on the RJD boxwood garden, as well as many other local homes. No fee.

Sunday, September 16 • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. • Outdoors
Row In the Garden, with Track and Channel

Register for this class at Track and Channel.

Wednesday, September 26 • 5:30 p.m. • Teas and Talks
Finding Phebe: Uncovering the History of Slavery in Warren, RI with Patricia Mues and Sarah Weed

In the 18th century, Warren, Rhode Island was surrounded by the slave centers of Newport, Bristol and Providence, but its small size made it a footnote in the history of slavery and the slave trade in Rhode Island.  Using wills, inventories, town meeting minutes, military records, seamen certificates and censuses, tonight’s speakers are able to tell the stories of many of those African Americans who were enslaved in Warren as well as those who enslaved them.

$5 RJD Members; $10 Public

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.

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, 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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