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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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Wonderful historic district

The buildings that make up the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park are all stunning... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2017
Kurt T
Brockton, Massachusetts
A Must for Learners

I took the kids on a three week road trip and as we had just listened to Moby Dick in the van on... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2017
Laura W
Indianapolis, Indiana
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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 17 January 2017

The buildings that make up the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park are all stunning. Whether it be where the NPS is located, the museum, Seamen's Bethel, etc. Each site is unique but are all tied together by a common connection to the whaling industry....More

Thank Kurt T
Reviewed 10 January 2017

I took the kids on a three week road trip and as we had just listened to Moby Dick in the van on the way out, we naturally wanted to see the NB Whaling National Historical Park. It did not disappoint. If you have school-age...More

2  Thank Laura W
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This museum has so many rooms and they keep adding. They just open a new section. There are whale sceletons hanging from the ceiling. They change from time to time so you can always go back. It is a well done museum

Thank Kathleen829
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Great place to start your tour of area. It is housed in a great old building with modern addition. Nice selection of historic photographs, and whaling timeline. There is a movie you can watch, or just wander and take in exhibits. Don't forget to get...More

Thank Sheryl B
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Very well presented museum with all the historical whaling maritime history and information you could want. Really impressive skeletons of Blue, Humpback, Right and Sperm whales. Biggest scrimshaw collection we have ever seen and top it off with a half-size scale model of a whaling...More

1  Thank Steven W
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

This tour was in honor of our car club's president for his service during the year. There was 36 of us. The museum was more than accommodating to us by providing 2 very knowledgeable docents. Both Sandy and Gerry made our visit memorable. This museum...More

2  Thank Bob D
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Insight to the whaling industry in New Bedford and the continuing effort to safe the historic buildings left in New Bedord

Thank davidanddonna1976
Reviewed 18 October 2016

go to one of great whaling town of the past thay have everthing all about whaling and the ships and whalemen of the past

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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

On a visit to relatives we discovered this treasure! A fee walking tour of historic New Bedford. This is where "Moby Dick" begins and where Frederick Douglass began his freedom. So much great info! Wonderfully enthusiastic guide, Judy. So much history!!

Thank Patty P
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Provides insights into the nature and history of the whaling industry and New Bedford. It is a wonderful introduction into the world which inspired America's great epic, Mody-Dick. We took a tour which was lead by a guide who personalized and helped the history come...More

1  Thank John D
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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.