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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 the history of whaling, it houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to this industry during the age of sail.Through its educational programs and activities, the Museum looks to the future by engaging children, teaching that they are part of the fabric of the community, critical to its growth, and destined to be a chapter in its history. The Museum is a forum for whale and now fishing conservation, research and symposia. Its cultural outreach extends around the world, with close ties to Japan, Portugal and the Iñupiat people at the Arctic Circle. The 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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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
+1 508-997-0046
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I've lived in Southern New England most of my life & there are so many things that I've yet to experience. We took a day trip to New Bedford & stopped first @ the Whaling museum. It was bigger & had more info. than I...More

Thank Jeebo1965
Reviewed 3 days ago

Artifacts were presented in a well documented, informative, and interesting format. One gets an in-depth sense as to what life was like for the whalers. Gift shop was lacking - lots of cutesy items without much relevance.

Thank Alex G
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited this museum frequently as a child 50 years ago. Took my sailing-loving husband and he loved it as much as I remembered loving it! It's been modernized and added onto...but still a great history and presentation of the whaling industry as well as...More

Thank Swanbirds
Reviewed 6 days ago

Absolutely fascinating - do not miss this. The talk was very informative and interesting and then to wander around on your own to look at all the exhibits was just perfect. A real highlight of the trip.

Thank carol p
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Glad you enjoyed the visit! Many of our exhibitions change seasonally, so we hope you'll come back again to explore subjects such as whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and maritime history. We just opened two exhibitions relating to Japan-America relations.

Reviewed 6 days ago

The whaling museum is a beautiful building stretching over three floors.All you have ever wanted to know about ships and whaling and hundreds of other exhibits are to be seen here.The only problem is that you would need a lot of time to see everything,or...More

Thank Liam p
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We're glad you found so much to interest you here at the Whaling Museum. In addition to maritime history and the history of human interaction with whales through time, we also emphasize whale ecology, and marine mammal conservation and research.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Even my husband was engrossed for over two hours! There is so much here that it does require more than one visit. The presentation is really well done with lots for all age groups and interests. Certainly one of the best museums I have been...More

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

Wow! Glowing praise! Thank you! Keeping everyone engaged is no small feat. There IS a lot to see here, so we encourage repeat visits over a two-day period. Your admission is good for two consecutive days.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great whale and whaling exhibit for $17 adult or $15 seniors. It held my attention for a couple of hours. But first we had coffee at Tia Maria across the road and afterwards lunch at the Moby Dick Brewing company just down the hill. We...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have had breakfast & lunch here quite often. The food is great, service is friendly and timely and the prices are very reasonable.

Thank sanleeq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum nestled in the center of this historic city National Park is outstanding and a great tribute to the whaling industry and the impact it had on society at its time. The museum is interesting, well layed out and incredible with the artifacts, paintings,...More

Thank df650
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you sharing your experience with others! New Bedford is an easy stop en route to the Cape, Providence, Newport, or Boston. The Whaling Museum really is a must-see for anyone seeking to understand the social, cultural and economic history of southern New England. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there twice in a week and are now members!!! The new deck that you can walk out on has a great view of the Ocean!!! You won't regret your visit.

Thank DjBounce1
Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Welcome to the Whaling Museum's membership family!

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Response from docralph | Reviewed this property |
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
27 September 2015|
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Response from Fobie | Property representative |
The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.