Education Programs 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 –



Tuesdays, July 2 through August 27, 7pm
Yoga in the Gardens
Nicole Winning, YMCA Instructor
Experience the restorative ambiance of RJD’s historic gardens, from your first o
pening breath of awareness to final savasana. The instructor 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 by visiting the YMCA website. Fee: Free for YMCA members / $10 per class, Public & Drop-in

Saturday, July 13, 10am – 12pm
Wind-Propelled Art Workshop
In partnership with DATMA, Summer Wind 2019
Drop in during workshop hours and create a wind-propelled lawn or tree ornament that will be exhibited as part of RJD’s participation in Summer Wind. This event is part of a city-wide collaboration. The theme of Summer Wind highlights a natural element of New Bedford’s local geography that has inspired and brought prosperity to many in the past and will do so again. Free.

Sunday, July 14, 1pm – 4pm
Family Day
In partnership with DATMA, Summer Wind 2019
Enjoy a day in the RJD gardens, participating in children’s crafts, cooling off with a lemonade, and viewing the community contributions of wind-propelled artworks that adorn the landscape. Inside the mansion, children can enjoy a scavenger hunt. This event is part of a citywide collaboration. The theme of Summer Wind highlights a natural element of New Bedford’s local geography that has inspired and brought prosperity to many in the past and will do so again. Free.


Tuesday & Wednesday, August 6 and 7, 9am – noon
Plein Air Painting Class
With Instructor, Jay Ryan & in partnership with New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!
Paint from direct observation in the beautiful gardens of the Rotch-Jones-Duff estate. This class will teach beginners as well as experienced painters their own approach to painting “en plein air”, meaning in the open air.” The instructor will concentrate on working individually with students in order to maximize individual learning. Students will learn about the effects and movement of light, color shifts of warm and cool, and how design occurs naturally. Demonstration and discussion will focus on composition, light, value, temperature, palette, and using memory. Each session will close with a short, friendly sharing of the morning’s work.


RJD Members $80 / Public $90

Register Now! 
More information and supply lists can be found at the NBAM/Artworks web site

Thursday, August 8, 5:30pm
AHA Night at the RJD: Garden Tour
Rick Finneran
Take a tour of the RJD Gardens, learning more about the historic nature of the landscape as well as current care and feeding tips that you can use in your own gardens. In case of rain, the talk will be moved indoors for a “virtual tour”. Free.

Sunday, August 11, 12pm – 3pm
Open House at the Mansions
In partnership with the James Arnold  Mansion
These two historic mansions are connected by more than just County Street. James Arnold married Sarah Rotch and Rotch family members lived at both addresses in the 1800’s. Learn more about the residencies on guided tours at each house throughout the day. Enjoy lawn games, refreshment, face-painting, and crafts. Free.

Thursday, August 22, 7pm
Return to Camelot: The Music of Lerner and Loewe
In partnership with Seaglass Theater Company

The music of  legendary creative team of Lerner & Loewe is the focus for the this summer’s concert in the garden with Seaglass Theater Company. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy songs from Lerner & Loewe’s classic Broadway shows including Camelot, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady, Gigi, as well as some lesser known gems. The concert features professional singers with a three-piece band. The performance takes place rain or shine on the tented terrace of the Rotch-Jones-Duff House. Purchase tickets at $20 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets at the door are $25.

Seating is first come, first served, and the doors open at 6:30 PM.


Saturday, September 7, 8am – 6:30pm
Bus Trip to the House of Seven Gables & Peabody Essex Museum
In partnership with the New Bedford Art Museum / Artworks!

Salem is the town known for witches, ocean ships, literature, pirates, trading, and so much more. Our first stop is The House of Seven Gables for a guided tour. In 1668, merchant and ship-owner John Turner built a house on Salem Harbor that was destined to become one of America’s most beloved historic homes. Designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2007, The House of the Seven Gables is best known today as the setting of world-renowned American author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel.  From there, our group travels into downtown for lunch and shopping. A 2pm arrival at the Peabody Essex Museum will give travelers time to explore on their own, shop and even grab a snack at the museum’s café. PEM’s collection offers outstanding works primarily from the 1700s to today: paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, textiles, architecture and decorative objects. Their 1.8 million collection of African, American, Asian, maritime, Native American and Oceanic art offers experiences unique among American art museums.  Bus departs promptly from PEM and returns by approximately 6:30pm. Registration required by August 9.
$110 RJD Members / $125 Public

Thursday, September 12, 5:30pm
AHA Night at the RJD: To Have and to Hold, Tour of the Exhibition
Blair Walker, Curator and Manager of Collections, RJD
Walk through the RJD’s current exhibition of wedding costume and memories tracing back to various families that lived in and were associated with the mansion. Free


Sunday, September 15, 2pm
House Tour
Enjoy one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff. Free with the price of admission.

Sunday September 22, 2pm
An Afternoon of Chamber Music at the RJD
In partnership with NBSO
Join New Bedford Symphony Orchestra musicians Jesse Holstein and Peter Zay for an early afternoon concert of music for violin and cello. The program opens with the genial Mozart Sonata for Violin and Viola, K. 423 (arranged for violin and cello) followed by the fascinating and inventive Duo by the 20th Century Hungarian composer, educator, and ethnomusicologist Zoltan Kodaly. The lush “Meditation” from the opera “Thais” by French composer Jules Massenet followed by the virtuosic Passacaglia by Handel and arranged by the Norwegian violinist/conductor/composer Johan Halvorsen will round out the program.
Tickets: $20 RJD Members / $25 Public / $10 Students with I.D.



Thursday, October 10, 5:30pm
AHA Night at the RJD: Talk on “Grungewave”
Elizabeth Beasley, RJD Collections Intern

Grungewave has origins in the 1990s grunge subculture. Beasley conducted her thesis on this group, studying grunge musicians, fashion, and bloggers. Her research explores how this sub-group fit into larger fashion culture and how ideas of identity and authenticity are expressed through apparel and style. Free.

Wednesday, October 16, 7pm
Tea for Three
In partnership with Your Theater
Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, Tea for Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving; a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom. What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes president of the United States? Each woman confides her answer to the audience, and secrets are spilled about their husbands’ rise to power.

Tickets: $15 RJD Members / $20 Public / $10 Students with I.D. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Sunday, October 20, 2pm
House Tour

Enjoy one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff.
Free with the price of admission.

Monday, October 21, 5pm – 7pm
Jack-o-Lantern Happy Hour

Carve and contribute a pumpkin for the Great Pumpkin Parade! Bring your own carving tools and pumpkin; RJD provides refreshments. Jack-o-Lanterns will be exhibited in the RJD’s Great Pumpkin Parade. Free.



Sunday, November 10, 2pm

House Tour

Enjoy one-hour guided tour of the Rotch-Jones-Duff mansion. Tours are conducted by various RJD Docents and staff.  Free with the price of admission.

Thursday, November 14, 5:30pm     

AHA Night at the RJD: Talk on New England Glass
Kirk J. Nelson, Executive Director, The New Bedford Museum of Glass

New Bedford was celebrated as the “art glass capitol of the country” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its famous Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass factories employed more than 1,200 workers during this period. This lecture will survey their innovative and beautiful products using examples from the extensive collection of the New Bedford Museum of Glass. The museum’s recent move to County Street keeps this important collection in the city. Free.

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