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Seamen's Bethel

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History comes alive!!!

Incredible stop for those who love history. The main sanctuary is littered with artifacts from the... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2018
New Bedford, Massachusetts
historic seaman's chapel

This is the same chapel mentioned in Melvill's Mobey Dick. It is a beautiful chapel with the prow... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2018
Los Angeles, California
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A historic church dedicated to sailors.
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15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
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All reviews herman melville moby dick across the street gregory peck whaling museum lost their lives old church nice addition boarding house walls are covered next door short visit great attraction love history an interesting place great stop worth a visit
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Reviewed 30 December 2018

How can you forget the scene with Gregory Peck at the Seamans Bethel in Moby Dick? Just the age and history alone of this small place of worship is worth spending a little time here

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank John F
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Incredible stop for those who love history. The main sanctuary is littered with artifacts from the whaling days of New Bedford.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 December 2018

This is the same chapel mentioned in Melvill's Mobey Dick. It is a beautiful chapel with the prow of a boat for it's sermons...all around the chapel are memorials to en en went down to the sea in ships...It makes me cry every time I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mayalavender
Reviewed 2 October 2018

How important a place like this was to those sailors who did not hail from New Bedford? Most poignant were the myriad of plaques of those lost to the sea - differing in circumstances, age, origin only to illuminate the hazards and challenges of a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2018

We had visited the Seamen's Bethel years ago and found it to be more interesting. It also is a must if you have never seen it before. It is history and very interesting. But we expected more evidence of older artifacts instead of current happenings...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dorothy S
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

I had wanted to go into the seaman’s bethel since I was a kid ! Finally made it and it was great ! Well worth seeing the history is amazing! Captain M Brewer

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Another view of the whaler's life. But as so often happens, hype about unfounded claims that famous people sat there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rev. Carly S
Reviewed 5 September 2018

It was fun to learn about the history of this building and the contributions made by all of the whaling families. A great addition to the attractions offered by New Bedford.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

The Seamen's Bethel is a quiet spot, and still functions as a non-denominational place of worship and meditation, although its primary purpose now is a museum. It is tied to the Mariner's Home next door, also a museum, but shows off where the sailors often...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

The Seamen’s Bethel across the street from the New Bedford Whaling Museum was build by Quakers to give sailors, returning from three to four year voyages, someplace respectable and uplifting in which to spend time. No longer an active chapel, they still on occasion have...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank John H
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