The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is back with its annual Seafood Soiree. The event is the center's largest fundraiser.

The Seafood Soiree is scheduled for October 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Black Whale Restaurant on Pier Three in New Bedford.

Center Director Laura Orleans said this week on Townsquare Sunday that there's been an unusually high demand for tickets this year, so only a handful of tickets remain for the event. If you are interested in attending, please visit the center's website or call the center at (508) 993-8894.

If you are unable to purchase a ticket, you will still be able to participate and support the Fishing Heritage Center by taking part in an online auction. Information is available on its website.

The Fishing Heritage Center has recently undergone some remodeling at its 38 Bethel Street location.

Courtesy New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Facebook photo
Courtesy New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Facebook photo

Orleans said the center closed for three months this past winter because of COVID-19, but reopened in the spring with an updated look and new exhibits. The exhibits include "Women's Work," featuring local women who work everyday in some aspect of the commercial fishing industry.

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to telling the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

It was recently named among the most popular "small museums" on the SouthCoast, and marked its fifth anniversary with a proclamation presented by State Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford) from the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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Take a Photo Tour of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is celebrating five years of providing education and information about the city's most vital industry. While these photos can give you an idea of what it's all about, the exhibits are interactive and hands-on, so check it out for yourself.

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