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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 human interaction with whales, the history of whaling and its impact, and the history of Southcoast Massachusetts, the Whaling Museum houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to whaling during the age of sail, socioeconomic history of the region, whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and ocean health. Visitors can marvel at massive whale skeletons, board the world's largest ship model - the Lagoda - see an exhibit about the world's longest painting, and explore hands-on learning activities in the Casa dos Botes Discovery Center. The Whaling 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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Reviewed 4 days ago

World class small museum experience with well-educated staff and plenty of opportunities to roam, rest, and recreate.

Thank Elaine S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed going through the museum, there were great displays. We went on a day that they were having a right whale presentation with a bunch of little activities for the kids to do. The human hair jewelry was fascinating

Thank angede
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to take children on a rainy day. They actually had a daytime skit about the life and times of whalers. It started at 12:30.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum. It covers whaling from A to Z. There are amazing skeletons of these great leviathans in the lobby, and a half-size model of the whaling Bark Lagoda in the Bourne building. Stories from whaling history abound, as well the crafts...More

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband's ancestor was a whaling captain so all the wonderful displays were extra meaningful. It was very clear at showing how long the ships were gone all around the world.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is unique. It deals with the history of whaling and how it made New Bedford one of the richest cities in the country. In the entry area they have 3 whale skeletons mounted from the ceiling. The building is on a hillside &...More

Thank Bill W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent two days at the museum. The staff were so accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly. Learned so much about the whaling industry and some of the personalities associated with it. The modern day research and what is being done to 'save the whales' was both informative...More

Thank Dennis K
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! So glad you came back for a second day. There is a lot to see, and if you're spending time in the research library here, that will add to time spent. Good thing your admission is good for two consecutive days.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had to go since I was in NB. Wasn’t expecting so many rooms with so many artifacts. Plan for at least 3 hours. Loved the volunteers available to answer questions - we’ll run, well done!! Worth the price of admission. Note to photographers - no...More

Thank Jim J
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

New visitors, or people who haven't visited the Whaling Museum for a few years, often react with a "wow" - our exhibits are broad in scope, ranging from whale ecology and marine mammal conservation, to the dramatic story of whaling and it's impact, and the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to the New Bedford Whaling Museum several times, now, with several family members. There is much to view, from whaling history, to cultural history of countries, where people decided to enter into the whaling industry, to the history of New Bedford, a...More

Thank JA M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has been modernly renovated since my early 1980s, school field trip days! The exhibits are vast and diverse -- highlighting the various communities and countries involved in the whaling industry. Though some of the exhibits are text heavy, there are lots of other...More

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valueralan
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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
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The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.
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