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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

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Address: 33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
Phone Number: +1 508-996-4095
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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New Bedford was the mid 19th century's preeminent whaling port and for a...

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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Great exhibit

Great place to start your tour of area. It is housed in a great old building with modern addition. Nice selection of historic photographs, and whaling timeline. There is a movie... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Bethesda, Maryland
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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to start your tour of area. It is housed in a great old building with modern addition. Nice selection of historic photographs, and whaling timeline. There is a movie you can watch, or just wander and take in exhibits. Don't forget to get your stamp for you NPS passport book!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very well presented museum with all the historical whaling maritime history and information you could want. Really impressive skeletons of Blue, Humpback, Right and Sperm whales. Biggest scrimshaw collection we have ever seen and top it off with a half-size scale model of a whaling ship you can actually board an walk around on!

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Thank Steven W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was in honor of our car club's president for his service during the year. There was 36 of us. The museum was more than accommodating to us by providing 2 very knowledgeable docents. Both Sandy and Gerry made our visit memorable. This museum is a very educational and fascinating look at people and events that shaped New England... More 

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Fallston, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Insight to the whaling industry in New Bedford and the continuing effort to safe the historic buildings left in New Bedord

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

go to one of great whaling town of the past thay have everthing all about whaling and the ships and whalemen of the past

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

On a visit to relatives we discovered this treasure! A fee walking tour of historic New Bedford. This is where "Moby Dick" begins and where Frederick Douglass began his freedom. So much great info! Wonderfully enthusiastic guide, Judy. So much history!!

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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Provides insights into the nature and history of the whaling industry and New Bedford. It is a wonderful introduction into the world which inspired America's great epic, Mody-Dick. We took a tour which was lead by a guide who personalized and helped the history come alive. Ir also served as a great introduction to the Whaling Museum that is part... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is a great place to spend few hours. Loads of info for kids and adults, who are interested in marine life. They have huge whale skeleton hanging from the roof at the entrance, which is super cool!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

If your in the New Bedford area this is a must stop to get great information on the early Whaling industry. If not just take a few pictures...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Terrific information about whaling industry, and the effects it had on the area, including information about how New Bedford had to reinvent itself after the industry died. Lots of great information about different types of whales, including whale skeletons. Interesting short film about the area.

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