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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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Awesome free walking tour, movie and museum

Was our 1st visit to New Bedford, so we started out here with the free museum, movie and a walking... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
Billerica, Massachusetts
Staycation Daytrip

I am originally from New Bedford and decided to return to do the Underground Railroad Walking Tour... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
Jo A
Somerset, Massachusetts
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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 26 July 2017

Was our 1st visit to New Bedford, so we started out here with the free museum, movie and a walking tour. Our tour guide was great. Tours are 10:30 am and 2:30pm for an hour. They have a self guided tour app and map on...More

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

I am originally from New Bedford and decided to return to do the Underground Railroad Walking Tour. The park rangers and guides are very informative and helpful. You can spend most of the day in this historic area. Tours in the summer run daily at...More

2  Thank Jo A
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Use the parking garage and a short walk to the park. It was very crowded the day we were there, but it was rained no outside. Great information and very pleasant Rangers to help you with all your qu stipend.

Thank denandsandy
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went on a walking tour and then saw the movie on the whaling industry. Both were wonderful, informative and well done. And since they are free, the price is right!

Thank Virginia V
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Don't go out of our way for this one. It has some small exhibits but is not a "must see" so if you're in the area, stop by but don't expect too much.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This is one of those places that I don't think I've ever been before, despite growing up in the city, but finally stumbled into one day. Turns out, there is lots of great information here. It's the perfect place to start your day in New...More

Thank Kathryn_Spoor
Reviewed 11 July 2017

If you happen to be passing by New Bedford on the highway, then stop at the NPS visitor center. You'll find some older exhibits, and they have a movie you can watch. In the summer, the Rangers offer a walking tour at 10am and 2pm....More

1  Thank honestrealreviews
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Nat'l Historic sight to tell some history of the city. Lots of good info to get flavor of the city and the people working there was very knowledgeable. Plan for about an hour or so to look around. They also have tours twice a day...More

Thank Keith T
Reviewed 13 June 2017 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

1  Thank Jack B
Reviewed 11 June 2017 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
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Keith T
6 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.