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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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History, nature, seafaring, immigration, and art

I liked this museum much more than I expected to. I was expecting a lot about ships which I find... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Boston, Massachusetts
New Bedford Whaling Museum a good take.

If you're in south east Massachusetts the New Bedford Whaling Museum is well worth a visit. Many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Methuen, Massachusetts
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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 4 days ago

I liked this museum much more than I expected to. I was expecting a lot about ships which I find only somewhat interesting. This museum included exhibits on the different populations who have immigrated to New Bedford, the Easter uprising in Ireland, scrimshaw exhibits, and...More

Thank NJL71
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're in south east Massachusetts the New Bedford Whaling Museum is well worth a visit. Many Whaling exhibits and some New Bedford textile exhibits.

Thank S9663
Reviewed 1 week ago

We lucked into a volunteer docent who took us on a tour of the facility. We learned so much more with him than we would have on our own. Great place to really learn about whales and the old whaling industry.

Thank diverdavid
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my Niece and her Sons we had a wonderful afternoon! So much to see each time I go I see something new!

Thank jeannep32
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An outstanding collection with a half size whaling ship model that is great for kids. Whaling as an activity has some gruesome elements that small children may find it hard to understand, but they will really like looking at all the detail on the ship....More

Thank Jack B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been many times, learn something new. Great layout. Amazing reading of Moby Dick, the 24 hour marathon is amazing!

Thank greenehontz2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

with some changing exhibits, excellent art galleries, and more of a focus of whale preservation than hunting, this museum is a fascinating and entertaining place to spend a few hours. The 1/4 scale ship model is fun to explore, and I learned lots of interesting...More

Thank Seth G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Museum has available Tours and a Gift Shop. Guides are very knowledgeable about the Whaling industry.The Museum does smell a bit it's the oil from the Whales.If your in the City it's worth a Trip.

Thank Darci K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have you ever imagined what it was like to live in the richest city in the world? One visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on Johnny Cake Hill and you'll see why Herman Melville called New Bedford "the dearest place to live in all...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I went​ to Rochester NY in train and was the nicest way to travel because you get to see everything especially in First class is the best way to enjoy traveling very adventurous and nice

Thank braujacob32
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Best days and hours to avoid school groups? we are in the area Oct 2 - 5 inclusive.
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
Is there RV parking nearby?
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.