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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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An Interesting Walkabout

We stopped very briefly in New Bedford to check out the National Historic Park. We visited the park... read more

Reviewed yesterday
cardeia
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Ottawa
New Bedford Whaling History & more

Scrimshaw, coachwhipping, an original whaleboat, pairpoint glass, a scale model replica of a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
pearlyww
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Westport MA USA
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
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Reviewed yesterday

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 6 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am originally from New Bedford and decided to return to do the Underground Railroad Walking Tour. The park rangers and guides are very informative and helpful. You can spend most of the day in this historic area. Tours in the summer run daily at...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Use the parking garage and a short walk to the park. It was very crowded the day we were there, but it was rained no outside. Great information and very pleasant Rangers to help you with all your qu stipend.

Thank denandsandy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I went on a walking tour and then saw the movie on the whaling industry. Both were wonderful, informative and well done. And since they are free, the price is right!

Thank Virginia V
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Don't go out of our way for this one. It has some small exhibits but is not a "must see" so if you're in the area, stop by but don't expect too much.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is one of those places that I don't think I've ever been before, despite growing up in the city, but finally stumbled into one day. Turns out, there is lots of great information here. It's the perfect place to start your day in New...More

Thank TheKathrynAnn
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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.
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