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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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+1 508-997-0046
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses...

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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Afternoon Tour

I was on a business trip in which wrapped up early giving me the afternoon off and I am very glad I took the opportunity to see the Whaling Museum. We did have a tour guide that... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was on a business trip in which wrapped up early giving me the afternoon off and I am very glad I took the opportunity to see the Whaling Museum. We did have a tour guide that was very knowledgeable about the whaling industry and the history. I was quick to learn the importance to whaling in New Bedford and... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't know what to expect when we decided to tour this museum. Wow were we surprised. Its such a nice museum. Multiple whales on display and a few boats!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is on par or better than other museums we have been to in other parts of the world. The displays ,models ,fine oil paintings & videos tell the whole story. New Bedford was once the richest city in the USA. Oil came from whales & not out of the ground in those days. The times... More 

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Thank Happyfeetboy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great museum with lots of interesting skeletons. the best is the outside overlook -looking at the water over the house roofs

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Auburn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place. Tons of artifacts and history. Good for the whole family. Interactive and lots to read. Free lockers to store personal items.

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1 Thank Chris M
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Depicted not only whale hunting but also the material culture of the communities along Vineyard Sound in Massachusetts. Includes a fascinating half-scale replica of a whaler that's a must-see. Beautiful artwork was a bonus. Staff was not very helpful for this researcher's questions that went beyond the exhibit, unfortunately.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The New Bedford Whaling Museum was a great way to learn about a variety of topics from displays, replicas, and interactive exhibits. There are exhibits of whale skeletons and actual collection of whale oil from the display bones. Understanding the size of these mysterious creatures can only be appreciated by seeing their skeletons. They had many displays on whale biology... More 

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Brookfield, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great museum covering a romantic era of American history, but be prepared for the reality, too. Allow plenty of time - it is easy to spend all day here. Learn about whales, whaling vessels and the industry, see some great art, learn about Irish uprisings - it's all here.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

What a great museum! I am not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with things such as their decorative arts exhibits and paintings. The scrimshaw was beautiful. The building is also very interesting. We only had about an hour, and I would have loved more time to look at all the exhibits more thoroughly.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is an amazing collection of information, art, artifacts, and excellently portrayed aspects of the whaling industry and its role in history. We learned a ton. It might be a bit over the top for those not really into history, but in that case make it a quick visit--you won't be disappointed. For those more into... More 

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