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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 human interaction with whales, the history of whaling and its impact, and the history of Southcoast Massachusetts, the Whaling Museum houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to whaling during the age of sail, socioeconomic history of the region, whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and ocean health. Visitors can marvel at massive whale skeletons, board the world's largest ship model - the Lagoda - see an exhibit about the world's longest painting, and explore hands-on learning activities in the Casa dos Botes Discovery Center. The Whaling 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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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+1 508-997-0046
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place...now geared to preservation, art and many special exhibits. Only problem--no seating. It's a big place and I needed to sit down.

Thank Joanne Z
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Whaling museum was much more impressive than I anticipated. Whaling ship inside museum draws interest. Docents are friendly and very good with kids and adults. Well thought out venue with maps, history, economics, art, all on the waterfront. Check out the view from the roof...all...More

Thank Lois B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history of whaling is depicted. Lots of steps in the museum and 2 hour parking on a narrow cobblestone street outside the museum. Lots to look at in the museum and tours are available. People working in the museum are polite and helpful. Gift...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not enough time to soak it all in! Lovely little museum for anyone interested in conservation and/or history.

Thank valndon
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great learning experience for both children and adults. The exhibits are amazing. Very informative! A must if your visiting the city, great location and lots to see!

Thank carreiroamy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here on a wet Memorial Day and were impressed by the displays of whale skeletons as well as a look at the people who worked in this industry. They had exhibits on the style and culture of the time and even had a...More

1  Thank Scott H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whaling museum. Lots of history in an airy and open building. There is a lot of fine art and a half-scale whaling ship. There are also five whale skeletons. There is plenty of off street parking in two public parking lots that are nearby. Lots...More

Thank suz862018
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Whaling happened so it is usefull to find out why it started and also what killed it off. The associated buildings are also of interest and tell a bit more about the human side (families left behind). We unfortunately parked in the parking garage signposted...More

1  Thank David282xyz
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Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

I wasn’t sure I wanted to go here do to my feelings about this appalling part of our history. However, my husband wanted to go, and since we actually found a parking place, we went. It was terrific, and very well done. The exhibits are...More

1  Thank Gail G
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Lots of history about New Bedford harbor. Brought 2 teenagers and they enjoyed the sights. They have expanded quite a bit over the years. Beautiful family day trip. Worth it

Thank Michelle C
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

It's great to hear that you and your teens enjoyed their visit. I wonder if they came as elementary school students. If yes, and since they're now teens, they would really notice the exanded spaces and new exhibits.

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valueralan
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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
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The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.
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