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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Amazing Museum

This museum is fabulous! Not only does the history of New Bedford and the whaling industry come to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Very Helpful Rangers at this attraction

A great place to start your visit of the whaling district and museum. Highly recommend the walking... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
Timothy H
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New Bedford was the mid 19th century's preeminent whaling port and for a time the richest city in the world. Whaling, a leading 19th century enterprise, contributed to America's economic and political vitality. New Bedford Whaling National...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
+1 508-996-4095
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is fabulous! Not only does the history of New Bedford and the whaling industry come to life, but is so much more. Photographs, paintings, furniture and items from the past all are gathered into this interesting location. I live in New Bedford and...More

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Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

stop in, watch the movie, stamp your NP passport book and talk with the very knowledgeable leader rangers. This is a good adjunct to the whaling museum across the street. There are a number of other parts to the historic area that they will tell...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed October 3, 2018

A great place to start your visit of the whaling district and museum. Highly recommend the walking tour where very knowledgeable volunteers take you through the district with stops at the significant buildings/places.

Thank Timothy H
Reviewed September 27, 2018

Two free tours offered per day. Not a lot of walking but lots of interesting information. Lucy knows her topic extremely well and presents it in a anecdotal and informative manner.

Thank Ann F
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

The National Park Service very rarely disappoints, and this is no exception to that. This place is a great starting point to your visit to the city. For passport stamp seekers, go through the door and turn right. There are several exhibits within the building...More

Thank Lou L
Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

This place had a bunch of free exhibits and information about the history of New Bedford in the whaling industry. I gave it a very good because we were looking for a place to eat and they brought out a whole list of menus and...More

Thank MelissaG3605
Reviewed August 16, 2018

There's so much to see and do here. There's lots of history to learn about. If you're traveling with a child, make sure to do the Junior Ranger program. This is another place where you want to make sure that you allow enough time to...More

Thank smokymtndeb
Reviewed August 16, 2018

We were here with our National Park Travelers Club, This park gave us a great tour, and had four different Jr. Ranger badges you could do. Very good movie and exhibits.

Thank pwwtoy1
Reviewed August 14, 2018

After years of saying that I would take a walking tour, I'm so glad that I did! As an employee of a local youth development organization I had the pleasure of taking a walking tour along with a group of kids, and it was fun...More

Thank cwdemello
Reviewed July 27, 2018

this is a block away from the museum. get some of the tours and learn the history of this melting pot area.

Thank Mark K
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Keith T
May 6, 2017|
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Response from Jeanette R | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours is good...there are restaurants in walking distance...Freestone's Which is great...so you could make it an afternoon or a morning.