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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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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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Reviewed 4 days 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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The history of the whaling industry...the history of New Bedfordand how it was the center of “the world” all unfolds here. Great guides. Great experience. Good for adults and children. Local shops nearby. Many great eateries withlocal fare all within easy walk.More

Thank bwlider
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sounds like you made a day of it! We agree....there are a lot of great places to eat nearby, some well-established and others that have opened in the past few years. Also want to mention that we cover science AND history, so if you're interested...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had a blast here with friends. We had fun walking around the museum. I expected to see Charles W Morgan stuff since a friend sailed the boat.

Thank Sam H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great museum, worth the visit! We loved the displays and it was a pleasure to navigate. Would go again.

Thank Bobbie C
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We've worked hard on making it easier for visitors to find their way through the museum, so it's good to hear that you had a positive experience.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

World class small museum experience with well-educated staff and plenty of opportunities to roam, rest, and recreate.

Thank Elaine S
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We truly appreciate our dedicated docents! Most days, there are volunteers stationed in various places thoughout the museum. There are regular highlights tours during the week as well as opportunities to walk through with a curator. We're glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

We enjoyed going through the museum, there were great displays. We went on a day that they were having a right whale presentation with a bunch of little activities for the kids to do. The human hair jewelry was fascinating

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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to take children on a rainy day. They actually had a daytime skit about the life and times of whalers. It started at 12:30.

Thank JBunch3
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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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