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Address: 15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
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+1 508-992-3295

A historic church dedicated to sailors.

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I got a personal tour. But there is also a printed self tour. It is the seaman's interdenominational church used mostly for special occasions today. This was significant in the... read more

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Bradenton, Florida
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127 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I got a personal tour. But there is also a printed self tour. It is the seaman's interdenominational church used mostly for special occasions today. This was significant in the whaling industry.

Thank Queeniereads
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

An amazing location bringing home the architectural distinction of the whaling days in New Bedford, Ma. The exterior was used in the movie classic "Moby Dick", and mentioned in Herman Melville's masterpiece of American literature of the same name.

Thank Tim M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The classic church of Moby Dick fame has just reopened a after being repaired. The drowned seamen's plaques on the wall are a reminder of the dangers of fishing and whaling. The ship's prow pulpit is not historical but was added after the 1950s movie.

Thank David W
Westport, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Step inside the doors with reverence for the walls are covered with funerary tablets from ships that sailed from New Bedford and crews who never made it home. The pulpit is in the shape of a boat extending into the space. The preacher is like the harpooner of the sailing ships who set out in search of whales, adventure, and... More 

1 Thank Joseph I
Rochester, New York
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9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 December 2016

Unlike many historic sites, this one has not been updated beyond the point of recognition of what it was like originally. Fun to read about connections to historic visitors and to Melville.

Thank DancerWriter
Boston, Massachusetts
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160 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

Loved visiting the Seamen's Bethel, where Herman Melville once worshipped. This is such an interesting place. Someone is available to give you a tour or you can poke around as I did. The light inside is gorgeous.

2 Thank Sandra G
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
Reviewed 20 October 2016

i have been there for weddings and for memorial service. Excellent place to visit if you are going to be in the area

Thank clmccombs
Brevard County, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Viewed Seamen's Bethel from the outside only. Closed when I visited. Historic wooden chapel. Very ornate. Fine craftsmanship.

Thank Rita S
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

New Bedford still clings to its piece of history - whaling. The Bethel is very much a part of that as seamen, captains and families would put their trust in God and attend services there. It can bring back thoughts of Moby Dick and Herman Melville. The docents are knowledgeable and friendly. Some steep stairs to see the pulpit shaped... More 

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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Founded in 1830, servicing maritime community. Still functions for services. I went to a charming christening there. This city was the largest whaling capital at one time, still rich with history... architecture.... neat boutiques, touristy shops and local flavor. All walking distance in downtown!

1 Thank Kvargy

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