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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
18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
+1 508-997-0046
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has everything. The Lagoda and the focssile are fun to explore. The art work is top notch. The whale bones are amazing. At every turn and in every corner visitors will find something interesting or beautiful. Take a trip to the area to...More

Thank Jackie N
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the great review! It's a nice time of year to visit - not too busy but still plenty of programming.

Reviewed 3 January 2018

We loved this museum so much. The exhibits are huge and amazing - especially the various whale skeletons. We did the audio tour so we learned a ton about each exhibit. The museum is so big that we ran out of steam before we could...More

Thank Cranky_Traveler
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

The church Cranky_Traveler mentions is the Seamen's Bethel, made famous in Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick" as the "Whaleman's Chapel." Melville attended services at the Bethel before shipping out as crew on the whaleship Acushnet in 1849. Melville's pew is marked to this day! Admission to the...More

Reviewed 2 January 2018

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is not to be missed if you are in New Bedford area. Allow a few hours to tour the whole museum but you won't be disappointed. It is a bit expensive to get in but well worth it.

Thank Staylee
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

...and remember that if you don't have time to see everything in one visit, you can come back the next day - your admission is good for two consecutive business days. :)

Reviewed 1 January 2018

We loved this museum. Even if you have been to other Whaling Museums, this one is great! Come and take the kids. They will love the exhibits. We loved it also and even came back another day!

Thank Susan P
Reviewed 27 December 2017

As I'm originally from New Bedford; this wonderful museum is part of my heritage. Every year that I visit New Bedford; I make it a point to visit the Whaling Museum. My cousin, Neil; came with me on this particular visit; along with my pet...More

Thank Marc C
Reviewed 17 December 2017

My wife and are are history buffs, and we have been to many museums. Friends of ours said to visit this one, but we did not have high expectations based upon other whaling museums we had visited in the past. WOW. This place is huge....More

Thank robertpf2015
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 December 2017

WOW back at you! Thank you for this glowing review. We love surprising people, and your reaction is not uncommon among people who are first time visitors.

Reviewed 15 December 2017

While my husband and I were vacationing in New Bedford, we went to the Whaling Museum. It has greatly expanded over the years and it is almost impossible to see all the exhibits. The museum really nails it on the head with the exhibits about...More

Thank pinkcadillac123
Reviewed 23 November 2017

Spent the afternoon at this museum. Loved the museum! The exhibits were all very interesting and the staff offered extra information on them which was excellent. The whale skeletons are amazing and the boat you go on inside the museum is fun for kids. We...More

Thank ferogz
Reviewed 18 November 2017

I'm a bit conflicted about giving this museum a mere average rating. There really are some fantastic exhibits! The whale skeletons as well and the art, artifacts, and tools associated with whaling are highly impressive. And, they do a very good job of presenting the...More

1  Thank JDBonthemove
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Thanks for taking time to write a review. I'll pass on your comments to our curatorial and education departments. We have just launched a multi-phase expansion of our whale ecology and marine mammal exhibits, so watch for changes coming soon. You might find this interesting:...More

Reviewed 14 November 2017

The building facade just begs you to enter... new has been melded with old to a very pleasing and inviting structure. Exhibits that will capture the interest of all ages. Very comprehensive history of whaling and the industries ingrained way of New Bedford life in...More

Thank pearlyww
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Thanks for this comprehensive review! PostScript: your admission receipt is good for two consecutive days.

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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.