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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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About
The largest museum in America devoted to human interaction with whales, the history of whaling and its impact, and the history of Southcoast Massachusetts, the Whaling Museum houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to whaling...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed May 12, 2014

From the moment you walk into this museum, you're encompassed in sensory wonders -- the strong smell of the oil in the whale skeletons on display, the incredible visual beauty of the collections, the recordings and audio history that enliven the exhibits and the scale...More

5  Thank Jennifer C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

First off this is not a place for young kids there is too much to break and extremely boring you really need to like the history of ships and Wales to go it takes about 2 hrs of you read everything a hour and a...More

3  Thank Christine F
ArthurMotta, Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2015

Gotta beg to differ with this reviewer. Speaking as a dad, any kid who likes ‘Little Nemo’, ‘Little Mermaid’, ‘Night at the Museum,’ pirates, penguins and dinosaur bones is going to LOVE this place. It’s been my experience that children have far more intellectual curiosity...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has so much to see!!! Lots of information & history! It seems to go on & on! It has great artifacts, clean, well laid out, & lots of things kids can touch! I wish I had the time to stay longer or go...More

Thank Sheila M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Waling museum rivals the ROM in Canada. The Museum has displays and histories for all members of the family. You sons and daughters can experience famous young people, women, and the bonds that kept families together when whalers were at sea 6 out of...More

Thank 24thIDTraveller
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the "Lagoda" is the central attraction, the exhibits are a magnificent lens into the world of 17-19 century whaling. Every economic facet of the industry is featured so ther is something to interest all ages. I am a history teacher and could visit once...More

Thank Deb P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Due to a rainy day we decided on visiting a museum. Since I knew little about Whaling we decided on The New Bedford Whaling Museum. From the giant skeleton of a Sperm Whale in the entrance to the Guided tour as well as the feature...More

Thank stever401
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing the Whaling Museum and for writing a review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The guide was awesome! He helped to make the trip memorable. He knew a lot about all the items in the museum. If we had not taken the guided tour, I am sure we would have missed most of the meaning.More

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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Touring the museum with a guide is a wonderful way to see the highlights and a good opportunity to ask questions. Visitors can choose from a free highlights tour offered once most days in the morning, or an audio tour for a small fee. Thanks...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When I started my tour I thought I would only learn about whales. No so. The history of New Bedford was also on display. There are so many areas or rooms to see. All interesting on their own. I liked the ship Lagoda. There were...More

Thank Berryeats
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're opening a major expansion of our "Whales Today" exhibition in February. Hope you can make it back to see it!

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum is interesting for a couple of hours and has a varied collection to interest adults and children alike

Thank Rob P
Reviewed October 9, 2018

What a fabulous museum. The only mistake we made is not allowing enough time to see everything. This place is huge and has so much to see and learn more about. There are exhibits, films and of course a gift shop. And they offer Triple...More

Thank Jean C
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Yes, there is a lot to see! People who have visited in the past, but not for a few years don't realize that we have nearly doubled our public spaces since 2015! We usually suggest three to four hours to see everything, but you can...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

This is a top notch museum in all regards, and there are always new displays every year that I visit. This time I focused on displays that I had not observed before on previous annual visits. I find everything fascinating. Not only do they concentrate...More

Thank Marc C
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Interesting observation about the hard hat diving heritage! I will pass that along. Glad to hear that you've visited multiple times. Thank you!

Reviewed October 8, 2018

This is a must visit museum on the Eastern seaboard. Give yourself 4-5 hours on experience the entire museum. We took a docent tour and would highly recommend it. Wonderful insights from the young man who lead us around the museum on a Saturday. Especially...More

Thank Shane O
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're proud of our volunteer docents! Glad to hear you enjoyed your tour and that you discovered the hands-on family/kids interactive zone! Thank you for writing a review.

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valueralan
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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
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The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.
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