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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
+1 508-996-4095
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Well done National Park Site

Museum has some interesting exhibits, but the highlight of the museum is the movie. Worth a visit... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
washington, dc
Great NP, Fantastic Tour Guide

This is an amazing NP, lots of great things to see and learn for any age. We had Rufai as our tour... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
James Z
Pittsfield, New Hampshire
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New Bedford was the mid 19th century's preeminent whaling port and for a time the richest city in the world. Whaling, a leading 19th century enterprise, contributed to America's economic and political vitality. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park helps to preserve, protect, and interpret certain districts, structures, and artifacts that are associated with the history of whaling and related social, economic, and environmental themes for the benefit and inspiration of this and future generations. The park encompasses 34 acres spread over 13 city blocks and includes the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seamen's Bethel, the schooner Ernestina, and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. These efforts will be undertaken in partnership with the city of New Bedford, local and regional institutions, and the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska. Address is for the National Park Visitor Center.
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33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
+1 508-996-4095
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum has some interesting exhibits, but the highlight of the museum is the movie. Worth a visit if in town.

Thank advisorj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing NP, lots of great things to see and learn for any age. We had Rufai as our tour guide and he fantastic. Rufai gave us some amazing details about New Bedford and the whaling industry and so much information about what...More

Thank James Z
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

If you have the time, come see what they have to offer. The place offers history in New Bedford's whaling industry and its impact on New Bedford.

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Walk back in time, so much information, on the rise of New Bedford and the Whaling period, excellent place to bring the kids!

Thank greenehontz2
Reviewed 14 September 2017

Another great National Park site. The grandkids liked finding signs etc. on the walk around town scavenger hunt to earn their Jr. Ranger badges. We met our favorite Park Ranger on this trip. (Mike) He was very personable and so great with kids. He made...More

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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We stopped very briefly in New Bedford to check out the National Historic Park. We visited the park centre, taking in some of the exhibits to learn a bit more about whaling and the town itself. It was very quiet, being a Tuesday, and there...More

Thank cardeia
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Scrimshaw, coachwhipping, an original whaleboat, pairpoint glass, a scale model replica of a whaling ship, whale info. Much history an original equipment from this formerly vibrant whaing capitol of America. There are activities for children 4 and older by my estimate . We spent 2...More

Thank pearlyww
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I literally didn't know anything about the whaling industry. Loved learning about it, there is a video (maybe 20 minutes long) I would encourage you to watch it!! So many interesting things going on and wonderful helpful workers. Very knowledgeable!! And we needed our passport...More

Thank axj23
Reviewed 31 July 2017

While on our 4 thousand mile geocaching road trip to New England from Oklahoma we made sure to visit the local parks and museums and this place did not let us down. Found parking pretty easily on the cobble stone streets and enjoyed the breeze...More

Thank iculungman
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Was our 1st visit to New Bedford, so we started out here with the free museum, movie and a walking tour. Our tour guide was great. Tours are 10:30 am and 2:30pm for an hour. They have a self guided tour app and map on...More

Thank travel5bugEuro
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Keith T
7 May 2017|
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Response from Jeanette R | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours is good...there are restaurants in walking distance...Freestone's Which is great...so you could make it an afternoon or a morning.