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Seamen's Bethel

15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
+1 508-992-3295
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Interesting and Moving

Well preserved and full of history right out of Moby Dick. Look at the Seaman's home and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
washington, dc
very good

hi it was so nice to go to the wedding at this place and they do gay weddings and they are very good

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New Bedford, Massachusetts
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A historic church dedicated to sailors.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
+1 508-992-3295
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well preserved and full of history right out of Moby Dick. Look at the Seaman's home and the other whaling sights in the area as well.

Thank advisorj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

hi it was so nice to go to the wedding at this place and they do gay weddings and they are very good

Thank james7237
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small authentic church in this small fishing village which was once the fishing capital of New England and beyond. Several plaques on the wall in remembrance of those from New Bedford that were lost at sea. The pulpit is the bow of a ship! Must...More

Thank Peter R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The seamen's bethel is still operated as a place of worship,so there is no admission charged.The church itself is a nice timber building with lots of paintings and historical facts and artifacts displayed throughout .The pulpit looks beautiful and is modelled on the bow of...More

Thank Liam p
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

They have recently refurbished this building the boarding house next door. If you like history and are at all interested in Whaling this along with the Whaling Museum is a must stop.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

My son and his wife got married here 27 yrs.ago. Perfect place. Two years later granddaughter was christened there. They're still married and wonderful granddaughter!!

Thank Muriel H
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

I loved learning all about the whaling industry and everything. It's beautiful on the inside and it's really interesting. If you have time I would definitely check it out. It doesn't take long to walk through. It's a really pretty house of God

1  Thank axj23
Reviewed 26 July 2017

The Seamen's Bethel (house of God) is open 7 day a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Seamen's Church of God was used by whalers and fishermen since 1830. Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, stayed in New...More

1  Thank travel5bugEuro
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Wonderful opportunity to be wed in the chapel Herman Melville visited when he stayed in New Bedford before boarding a whaling ship. Located in historic New Bedford, MA.

Thank Karoline S
Reviewed 13 July 2017

A beautiful building with the Mariner's home beside it depicting the story of faith and adversity in this fishing town over several centuries. Lovely welcome. Easy to walk around and sit or take it the stories of tradegies, Moby Dick and faith.

Thank 30Paul27
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