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New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
+1 508-997-0046
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Liked it more than I expected!

I was hesitant to learn more about whaling since it seems like a grim topic. However, this museum... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Flat Out a Five

This mus um of American whaling and the history of New Bedford is absolutely top notch. Well... read more

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The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to this industry during the age of sail.Through its educational programs and activities, the Museum looks to the future by engaging children, teaching that they are part of the fabric of the community, critical to its growth, and destined to be a chapter in its history. The Museum is a forum for whale and now fishing conservation, research and symposia. Its cultural outreach extends around the world, with close ties to Japan, Portugal and the Iñupiat people at the Arctic Circle. The Museum is a compelling destination that inspires all visitors to reflect on the complex issues that shaped the past, remain critical today, and inform a sustainable future.
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
+1 508-997-0046
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Reviewed yesterday

I was hesitant to learn more about whaling since it seems like a grim topic. However, this museum includes much more than just the act of hunting whales. It approaches the topic from all angles (science, society, history) and I learned a lot about how...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This mus um of American whaling and the history of New Bedford is absolutely top notch. Well curated with beautiful and informative exhibits on the history of whaling in America and the history of New Bedford. Well-worth a few hours of your time.

Thank John H
Reviewed yesterday

What a great display of history, information and relics pertaining to the whaling industry and its impact on New Bedford. Plenty to do and see for people of all ages. I was quite impressed with their collection of scrimshaw. We stayed for 3 hours and...More

Thank STM0041
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a full day event. We were here for 7 hours and it took all of that to see it all including the seamen's home and Beth El

Thank denandsandy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went there for Fun Friday with my 6 years and 1 year old. It was fantastic. Kids enjoyed discovery area. Stuff were very friendly. It was very exciting Museum. Highly recommended!

Thank Juripanda
Reviewed 1 week ago

Happily, the museum was more broad-reaching than I expected. Not only did I learn a lot about the history and practice of local whaling, but also a good deal about the cultures of early colonists (Puritans, Quakers, etc), and international connections (with Portugal, Japanese, Hawaiians,...More

Thank hungry2eat
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked to the Museum from our hotel to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised by the volume of artifacts and displays. The skeleton of the Great White Whale is awesome. It was very interesting to learn of the history of whaling and New...More

Thank Margaret V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Give yourself a couple hours to see everything; it's bigger than you may think. The highlights include the enormous model whaling ship and the whale skeletons. There is a lot of New Bedford history as well.

Thank StonewallBrigade
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is truly a sight to be seen. My visit was originally to exclusively view their collection of scrimshaw art (which was amazing!!!!), but it was hard to resist spending time viewing all the other wonderful things the museum has to...More

1  Thank Grace J
Reviewed 1 week ago

New Bedford was in the heart of whaling industry from 1830 to 1850. That tapered off a bit after gold was discovered in California in 1849 and men left to find their fortune in the gold rush. The museum has several nice exhibits including some...More

1  Thank Bob S
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14 September 2016|
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Response from docralph | Reviewed this property |
That's usually too early in the school year to take a Field Trip. There may be 2 days school break (Oct 7 &10) in that area, so you're safe anyway. Often field trips occur in the Spring. Also, I suggest you take the Tour... More
26 September 2015|
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Response from Fobie | Property representative |
The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.