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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
+1 508-996-4095
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Visitor Center is well done

The Whaling Museum is the major attraction here. The town has interesting markers scattered about... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jack B
Salt Lake City, Utah
via mobile
Don't miss this free tour

Andrew, the park ranger who led the free tour, was superb - extremely knowledgeable, friendly, a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Boston, MA
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New Bedford was the mid 19th century's preeminent whaling port and for a time the richest city in the world. Whaling, a leading 19th century enterprise, contributed to America's economic and political vitality. New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park helps to preserve, protect, and interpret certain districts, structures, and artifacts that are associated with the history of whaling and related social, economic, and environmental themes for the benefit and inspiration of this and future generations. The park encompasses 34 acres spread over 13 city blocks and includes the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seamen's Bethel, the schooner Ernestina, and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. These efforts will be undertaken in partnership with the city of New Bedford, local and regional institutions, and the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska. Address is for the National Park Visitor Center.
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33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
+1 508-996-4095
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Whaling Museum is the major attraction here. The town has interesting markers scattered about. The Visitor Center has some interesting exhibits and provides a good overview of the whaling industry. There is also an informative exhibit about escaped slaves and how whaling provided a...More

Thank Jack B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Andrew, the park ranger who led the free tour, was superb - extremely knowledgeable, friendly, a great story teller. Don't miss this!

Thank eadj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ladies at the visitor center were very helpful. Unfortunately we arrived 45 minutes before closing. We saw a sign on the freeway and decided to stop. There is so much to see. This could be a half a day to a full day visit....More

Thank Mom_USA70
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Emily was the guide for our tour of the historic district. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, and presentation made it a fantastic experience. The historic district is like stepping back in time. This is a must-see for history buffs. Parking is very easy and there is a...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By all means go here and watch the 20 minute movie of the town's history. The exhibits are interesting and informative and very well displayed. Staff is helpful, and pick up their map of the historic area

Thank Seth G
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Free walking tours are excellent; different venues depending on the day: the waterfront, the underground railroad, whaling history, & more. The Center has a great orientation video in a comfortable theatre. The Rangers are welcoming & very helpful with info, maps, brochures. There's a shop...More

Thank jovi1947
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Thankfully a group of young and thoughtful New Bedford residents saw what was being demolished in the city and organized to slow the destruction, saving countless historic buildings and they have gradually been restored and there is an amazing collection of homes, homes converted to...More

Thank pearlyww
Reviewed 11 April 2017

New Bedford is the place to go if you want an education in early American history regarding the whaling industry that provided lighting in homes of early Americans.

Thank dieterhk2015
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

A fantastic staring point to understand all the historic points of interest in the Historic Whaling Capital. The historic background helps any visitor understand the scope of the Whaling industry, from self read displays to a movie presentation.

Thank Jeanette R
Reviewed 17 January 2017

A great museum and National Park dedicated to the whaling industry that dominated the area in the 1800s. There are quite a few exhibits and a movie that shows how difficult life was on a whaling ship. There are Ranger led tours of the town...More

Thank mja1982
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Keith T
How long should we plan to be here with a family? 2 hours?
7 May 2017|
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Response from Jeanette R | Reviewed this property |
A couple of hours is good...there are restaurants in walking distance...Freestone's Which is great...so you could make it an afternoon or a morning.