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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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peak into the past

The area has been preserved well and is an improtant time to remember in our country's history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Austin, Texas
fantastic museum that includes a whaling ship and whale skeletons

This museum is a truly educational experience. When you first walk in you are confronted with the... read more

Reviewed 8 December 2018
Los Angeles, California
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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...more
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33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The area has been preserved well and is an improtant time to remember in our country's history. Streets are clean and well lit, with a feeling of being safe walking around.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hunt4game
Reviewed 8 December 2018

This museum is a truly educational experience. When you first walk in you are confronted with the full size skeletons of 3 (I think) full size whale skeletons of various breeds. Further inside is a whaleship (1/4 size model that one explore) and many exciting...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mayalavender
Reviewed 9 November 2018

This museum is fabulous! Not only does the history of New Bedford and the whaling industry come to life, but is so much more. Photographs, paintings, furniture and items from the past all are gathered into this interesting location. I live in New Bedford and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank whalingcity
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

stop in, watch the movie, stamp your NP passport book and talk with the very knowledgeable leader rangers. This is a good adjunct to the whaling museum across the street. There are a number of other parts to the historic area that they will tell...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

A great place to start your visit of the whaling district and museum. Highly recommend the walking tour where very knowledgeable volunteers take you through the district with stops at the significant buildings/places.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Timothy H
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Two free tours offered per day. Not a lot of walking but lots of interesting information. Lucy knows her topic extremely well and presents it in a anecdotal and informative manner.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Ann F
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

The National Park Service very rarely disappoints, and this is no exception to that. This place is a great starting point to your visit to the city. For passport stamp seekers, go through the door and turn right. There are several exhibits within the building...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lou1776
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

This place had a bunch of free exhibits and information about the history of New Bedford in the whaling industry. I gave it a very good because we were looking for a place to eat and they brought out a whole list of menus and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MelissaG3605
Reviewed 17 August 2018

There's so much to see and do here. There's lots of history to learn about. If you're traveling with a child, make sure to do the Junior Ranger program. This is another place where you want to make sure that you allow enough time to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank smokymtndeb
Reviewed 17 August 2018

We were here with our National Park Travelers Club, This park gave us a great tour, and had four different Jr. Ranger badges you could do. Very good movie and exhibits.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from 364jeanetter | 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.