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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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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 1 week ago

If you love history, ships, art, or anything related this is a wonderful museum to explore. right downtown with lots of street parking, it is easy to find. A very well organized museum that really keeps ones interest. Lots of great artwork and artifacts and...More

Thank GenotheViking
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great galleries, very knowledgeable tour guides. Seems to have new exhibits every time I visit. Great view of the harbor

Thank Geoffrey L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been through this area many times before, but had never made it a point to stop ...it was pouring the day we went, and we realized afterwards, what a great informative place and area this is. A sunny day would have been just...More

Thank BackHomeOH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting. I had no idea how big whaling was back in the day and the impact it had on the local economy and immigration. Staff is very friendly and eager to explain.

Thank Miguel P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Attended the wedding of our beloved nephew and his gorgeous bride at this amazing venue. The staff and views were incomparable. A special site for a special couple on a very special day. Quintessentially New England! Thank you for an unforgettable night for our family.

Thank Beth P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here many many times! Such historical and fun place. My Dad's family owned a sawmill and Dad use to tell stories of how lumber was delivered for whale boats and horse knew the way to delivery by memory!!

Thank Muriel H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Plan to spend some time there. There is many items to see and read. Don't expect to leave early and plan at least 1 1/1 hours or more for a visit. Designed for both adults and children. A great educational stop for everyone to know...More

Thank Yardspice
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is more than a whaling exhibit. The Museum is about the culture and history of this city built on whaling. The curators help us question the stories of the "heroic" people who settled this country. Not only will your kids be amazed by the...More

Thank EvaTheDragon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you really take your time... and avoid just rushing past the exhibits... then this is a treasure that will transport you back in time! I think I walked away really feeling the people and the period. I highly recommend for adults.

Thank edwardmw2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great museum for information on whales and the whaling industry - not only in New Bedford, but also around the globe. Wonderful artifacts and displays to engage, inform, and fascinate. Parking in on the street, but not a problem at all. Be sure to check...More

Thank Michael W
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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.