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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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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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The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the finest institution of it's kind in the world. One full city block and almost one million artifacts which are carefully rotated and displayed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you grew up near the sea, or certainly in the Northeast, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is a must. Walking the cobblestone streets and reading all of the historical plaques on the buildings takes you back in time And the museum is set right in the middle of the downtown area. Great area to enjoy lunch on the outside... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the finest institution of it's kind in the world. One full city block and almost one million artifacts which are carefully rotated and displayed in beautifully designed galleries. Artwork, world's largest whalebone and scrimshaw collection, world's largest ship model (the half-scale Lagoda), tremendous roof-top views of the waterfront, fishing fleet and the Elizabeth Islands... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Concentrates on whaling and the history of New Bedford. Collection of whale skeletons shows the size of the animals. An under appreciated art collection as well, emphasizing sailing and especially whaling related pictures. Half-Scale model of a whaling ship allows kids to see what it was like as they climb around it.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Overcast and cold and wanting to spend a nice time with a friend we decided to go to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It did not disappoint. The Museum has something for everyone. Art work, history, very pleasant rooms to view exhibits and multiple floors. You can take a self guided tour with use of audio head sets. Plan on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walked around the NBWM back in November. I had an hour before a meeting in downtown and needed a quiet place to clear my head. It was great. Exhibits are vastly improved, since childhood trips. I'll definitely be back.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very impressive looking at how large the whales are with the skeletons above had some artifacts interesting things to know about whaling showed many cultures and how it all came to be enjoy the museum very much I would recommend going

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there on a Saturday, it was very nice. We had a little sketch going about catching a whale at 2 oclock! Great place 😊😊😊

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've taken my kids (3 and 4) here twice, and they love the museum. The staff is always on hand to answer any questions, engage the kids, lend a helping hand, and offer knowledge about the exhibits and the museum. There is a lot of exhibits to offer a wide variety of interests and ages. Can't say enough wonderful things... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my 9 and ten year old grandchild to this museum for the first time. They both have studied whales and whaling history in school and they LOVED it! It was a great mix of local history and art. The exhibits were kid friendly and there were plenty of hands-on activities to keep them interested. It got a 9... More 

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Thank ctarr
Eastham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This museum is fantastic from both the standpoints of appreciating the fine art relating to the maritime history and whaling history of New England, the craft and art of sailing and the construction of sailing yachts and various whaling vessels as well as the marine biology of the whales themselves and their place in the ocean ecosystem. Its a multi-faceted... More 

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