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New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
+1 508-997-0046
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The largest museum in America devoted to human interaction with whales, the history of whaling and its impact, and the history of Southcoast Massachusetts, the Whaling Museum houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to whaling during the age of sail, socioeconomic history of the region, whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and ocean health. Visitors can marvel at massive whale skeletons, board the world's largest ship model - the Lagoda - see an exhibit about the world's longest painting, and explore hands-on learning activities in the Casa dos Botes Discovery Center. The Whaling Museum is a compelling destination that inspires all visitors to reflect on the complex issues that shaped the past, remain critical today, and inform a sustainable future.
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Hours Today: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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Reviewed yesterday

I wish we had more time here. We were there about 2 hours. If I had it to do over, I would go for 2 hours in the morning, go out for lunch and then come back and do another 1 to 2 hours. They...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Huge variety of information available and some great individual exhibits. Kept our family including 3teenagers fascinated for 2+ hours.

Thank Kingfamily05
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What an amazing place to visit!! Make sure that you allow enough time to see it all. I'm no way close to being a fan of the ocean or sea, but this place tells an amazing story. Every nook and cranny has a story. I...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Sadly this did not live up to the hype. It seemed really quiet but they had no audio tours available. I was shocked at how much the museum romanitized whaling but had a noticeable lack of what is being done now to help save and...More

Thank Nic C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This small museum packs a lot of information and exhibits in to it's small space. The replica whaling ship was very interesting. I learned many things I didn't know about the whaling industry and it's impact on the area. The exhibit of knots and rope...More

Thank BlueDiver3231
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wish we could have spent more time at this fantastic museum. So much to see. If you are in the area, be sure to check out. Hope we are able to come back here some time and see more. My favorite was the scrimshaw display.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is full of interesting local history and informative exhibits. The replica of a sailing vessel is well done and accessible. Use the self guided audio tour-well worth the $3 rental fee! While there, watch the narrated video of A Spectacle...More

Thank anneocrn
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Excellent museum about history and industry of which I was not aware. The size of the whaling industry at it's peak and the role of New Bedford was impressive. The museum did a good job of providing visuals in addition to information to keep it...More

Thank Jim H
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Joining one of the regularly scheduled tours is a great option! Most days, we do a Highlights Tour at 11am. Those are free with Museum Admission. Our curators often give tours too. This summer, we are doing free Curator Tours at Kilburn Mill, site of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The whole family will enjoy the Whaling Museum. With huge skeletons of gigantic whales. The view from the top floor of the harbor is fantastic. The museum is surrounded by restaurant, is close to the harbor and close to the ferry to Martha's Vineyard.

Thank Thomas C
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're happy that your family enjoyed visiting the Whaling Museum! I'll also point out that young kids enjoy our hands-on Discovery Center and the big whaleship model, the Lagoda, is always a hit. (You can go on board.) Thank you for writing a review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacle in Motion at Killburn Mill is a lovely depiction of whaling and life in ports around the world in the mid 1800's. It is such a special panorama, refurbished and thankfully back on display in huge venue that allows you to comfortably walk through...More

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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this review, and for the donation!

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That's usually too early in the school year to take a Field Trip. There may be 2 days school break (Oct 7 &10) in that area, so you're safe anyway. Often field trips occur in the Spring. Also, I suggest you take the Tour... More
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The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.
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