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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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I went there for Fun Friday with my 6 years and 1 year old. It was fantastic. Kids enjoyed... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Foxboro, Massachusetts
via mobile
Of Broad Interest Beyond Whaling

Happily, the museum was more broad-reaching than I expected. Not only did I learn a lot about the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Austin, Texas
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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 yesterday via mobile

I went there for Fun Friday with my 6 years and 1 year old. It was fantastic. Kids enjoyed discovery area. Stuff were very friendly. It was very exciting Museum. Highly recommended!

Thank Juripanda
Reviewed 4 days ago

Happily, the museum was more broad-reaching than I expected. Not only did I learn a lot about the history and practice of local whaling, but also a good deal about the cultures of early colonists (Puritans, Quakers, etc), and international connections (with Portugal, Japanese, Hawaiians,...More

Thank hungry2eat
Reviewed 5 days ago

We walked to the Museum from our hotel to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised by the volume of artifacts and displays. The skeleton of the Great White Whale is awesome. It was very interesting to learn of the history of whaling and New...More

Thank Margaret V
Reviewed 6 days ago

Give yourself a couple hours to see everything; it's bigger than you may think. The highlights include the enormous model whaling ship and the whale skeletons. There is a lot of New Bedford history as well.

Thank StonewallBrigade
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is truly a sight to be seen. My visit was originally to exclusively view their collection of scrimshaw art (which was amazing!!!!), but it was hard to resist spending time viewing all the other wonderful things the museum has to...More

1  Thank Grace J
Reviewed 1 week ago

New Bedford was in the heart of whaling industry from 1830 to 1850. That tapered off a bit after gold was discovered in California in 1849 and men left to find their fortune in the gold rush. The museum has several nice exhibits including some...More

1  Thank Bob S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had such a good time at the Whaling Museum. Fun for all ages. I learned new things, the kids learned new things, and we all had a wonderful afternoon learning about the history of whaling and seeing great knots and ships. Definitely worth the...More

Thank suburbanfolk
Reviewed 1 week ago

Always loved this museum as a kid and although not a whole lot has changed I still enjoy it now. In particular, I love talking to people who work there. They are friendly and happy to share information if you're willing to listen.

Thank TheKathrynAnn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had not been to this fine museum for several years. It has continued to grow and expand and has new interactive exhibits. We were there on a rainy day, and both staff and volunteers were great handling the crowd and the messiness of heavy...More

Thank Baldy47
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a "must-see" attraction when visiting New Bedford, MA. It is a beautiful museum where one can learn about the whaling industry, as well as its influences on the area's culture. One may view several whale skeletons and also the...More

Thank Siobhan1177
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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
27 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.