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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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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...more
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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 4 days ago

The Whaling Musuem had a special exhibit here of the 1,275 long panorama of a whaling voyage around the world. Took two years, quite an undertaking. A great take on whaling and history. Extraordinary opportunity to see the entire painting. No admission, donation suggested. Parking...More

Thank mpd
Reviewed 6 days ago

The kids loved this place! There is so much history as well as "cool" stuff to do. Do expect to spend at least 3 hours in here to the major parts of the museum. The kids had a blast playing on the boat and the...More

Thank gijane1232
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our party of three were only in New Bedford for l/2 day and we tried to squeeze everything we could in that 5 hours. The Whaling museum was our first choice and we spend 2 1/2 hrs. in it which did not even scratch the...More

Thank Dorothy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

An engaging museum for kids of all ages. My younger kids climbed through a life-size model of a blue whale's heart, and my older kids read about the history of whaling in Massachusetts and around the world. I enjoyed the digital presentation of the mural...More

Thank Tanya_Take_Two
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the whole day looking around at the museum, listening to docent led tours, watching films, as well as going to Kilburn Mill (they provide a shuttle van that can drive you there or you can walk the 15 min) to see the special...More

Thank lhhcooper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have traveled the world and been to many museums. This is by far the best of the best ! The history is amazing and the way the museum has preserved the whaling history is amazing! Well done we will be back . Captain Maynard...More

Thank Maynard B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Too much to see in a day. A thorough history of the whaling industry with art, culture, and economics exploredMore

Thank Rev. Carly S
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! There is certainly a lot to see here and even more than usual this summer because we are exhibiting the "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage 'Round the World" at a separate location. (It's longer...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thoughtfully presented history of the whaling industry. The knot exhibit was especially fascinating and the half-sized replica of the whaling ship was breathtaking.

Thank Louise W
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

You sound like someone who knows and loves museums. Thanks for visiting ours!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time back in almost 40 years LOL!! This complex of 9 building is amazing. Vets enter for free. We had a great 2 hour tour with Gerry. He was really excellent and I learned so much from him. We left because we had a...More

Thank XSki007
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We love our dedicated volunteer docents! Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent presentation and not just about whales and whaling - a good historical perspective of New Bedford and its rich history before, during, and after the whaling era. A highlight of the day was to visit the Whaling Panorama - which provided a phenomenal...More

Thank Christopher S
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It is easy to lose track of time here! I'm glad you were able to get across to see the Seamen's Bethel too - made famous by Herman Melville as the Whaleman's Chapel in Moby-Dick. We have exhibits in the adjoining Mariners' Home as well.

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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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