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Address: 15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: +1 508-992-3295
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A historic church dedicated to sailors.

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HISTORIC AND WONDERFUL

Loved visiting the Seamen's Bethel, where Herman Melville once worshipped. This is such an interesting place. Someone is available to give you a tour or you can poke around as I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved visiting the Seamen's Bethel, where Herman Melville once worshipped. This is such an interesting place. Someone is available to give you a tour or you can poke around as I did. The light inside is gorgeous.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

i have been there for weddings and for memorial service. Excellent place to visit if you are going to be in the area

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Brevard County, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Viewed Seamen's Bethel from the outside only. Closed when I visited. Historic wooden chapel. Very ornate. Fine craftsmanship.

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Thank Rita S
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

New Bedford still clings to its piece of history - whaling. The Bethel is very much a part of that as seamen, captains and families would put their trust in God and attend services there. It can bring back thoughts of Moby Dick and Herman Melville. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly. Some steep stairs to see the pulpit shaped... More 

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Thank MikeMcCormack
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Founded in 1830, servicing maritime community. Still functions for services. I went to a charming christening there. This city was the largest whaling capital at one time, still rich with history... architecture.... neat boutiques, touristy shops and local flavor. All walking distance in downtown!

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Cranford, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Moved to New England 3 years ago- lots of visitors and this is our go to place for a New Bedford introduction. The video is great and who hasn't seen Moby Dick?

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

The bethel is currently being restored so you can only see outside. However, great stop as you walk around historic area of town.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

I knew that I had lost a great grandfather to the see. My wife and I found the record of Mike Smith lost in the 30's while fishing out of New Bedford Harbor. Very interesting. i believe it is undergoing a renovation now.

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Thank Wayne1112
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

The Quaker inspired chapel, spare, simple genuine. The marble cenotaphs on the walls memorializing whalers and fisherman lost as sea with poignant details of their demise, "eaten by a shark off the coast of Africa" "fallen from a spar" "fallen out of a whale boat". This is the place the women of New Bedford tried to provide spiritual guidance for... More 

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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

This chapel is of significant importance to the highest grossing fishing port in the United States. This monument was seen in the original Moby Dick movie and still hosts weddings to this day.

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