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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
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+1 508-997-0046
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses...

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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awe inspiring glimpse into a seafaring past

This museum is fantastic from both the standpoints of appreciating the fine art relating to the maritime history and whaling history of New England, the craft and art of sailing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Eastham, Massachusetts
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Eastham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is fantastic from both the standpoints of appreciating the fine art relating to the maritime history and whaling history of New England, the craft and art of sailing and the construction of sailing yachts and various whaling vessels as well as the marine biology of the whales themselves and their place in the ocean ecosystem. Its a multi-faceted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great event at the most wonderful museum in New Bedford appropriate for all ages...both young and old. The whole family enjoyed the evening and ended it with the fire work display!!! A must do!

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Cape Cod, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will love spending time in the Whaling Museum and only wish you had more time. This museum has an array of captivating and beautifully designed exhibits, large and small for all ages. It takes a number of visits to take it all in. Plan to be delighted!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I was on a business trip in which wrapped up early giving me the afternoon off and I am very glad I took the opportunity to see the Whaling Museum. We did have a tour guide that was very knowledgeable about the whaling industry and the history. I was quick to learn the importance to whaling in New Bedford and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We didn't know what to expect when we decided to tour this museum. Wow were we surprised. Its such a nice museum. Multiple whales on display and a few boats!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is on par or better than other museums we have been to in other parts of the world. The displays ,models ,fine oil paintings & videos tell the whole story. New Bedford was once the richest city in the USA. Oil came from whales & not out of the ground in those days. The times... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

great museum with lots of interesting skeletons. the best is the outside overlook -looking at the water over the house roofs

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Very interesting place. Tons of artifacts and history. Good for the whole family. Interactive and lots to read. Free lockers to store personal items.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

Depicted not only whale hunting but also the material culture of the communities along Vineyard Sound in Massachusetts. Includes a fascinating half-scale replica of a whaler that's a must-see. Beautiful artwork was a bonus. Staff was not very helpful for this researcher's questions that went beyond the exhibit, unfortunately.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

The New Bedford Whaling Museum was a great way to learn about a variety of topics from displays, replicas, and interactive exhibits. There are exhibits of whale skeletons and actual collection of whale oil from the display bones. Understanding the size of these mysterious creatures can only be appreciated by seeing their skeletons. They had many displays on whale biology... More 

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