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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

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Address: 33 William St, New Bedford, MA 02740-6222
Phone Number:
5089964095
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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New Bedford was the mid 19th century's preeminent whaling port and for a...

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.

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A fantastic staring point to understand all the historic points of interest in the Historic Whaling Capital. The historic background helps any visitor understand the scope of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Jeanette R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic staring point to understand all the historic points of interest in the Historic Whaling Capital. The historic background helps any visitor understand the scope of the Whaling industry, from self read displays to a movie presentation.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

A great museum and National Park dedicated to the whaling industry that dominated the area in the 1800s. There are quite a few exhibits and a movie that shows how difficult life was on a whaling ship. There are Ranger led tours of the town if you have the time. Glad we stopped!

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The buildings that make up the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park are all stunning. Whether it be where the NPS is located, the museum, Seamen's Bethel, etc. Each site is unique but are all tied together by a common connection to the whaling industry. The Bethel and homes are only open certain times of year so do plan accordingly.... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I took the kids on a three week road trip and as we had just listened to Moby Dick in the van on the way out, we naturally wanted to see the NB Whaling National Historical Park. It did not disappoint. If you have school-age kids, be sure to get the Junior Ranger booklet at the Visitor Center when you... More 

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New Bedford, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

This museum has so many rooms and they keep adding. They just open a new section. There are whale sceletons hanging from the ceiling. They change from time to time so you can always go back. It is a well done museum

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Great place to start your tour of area. It is housed in a great old building with modern addition. Nice selection of historic photographs, and whaling timeline. There is a movie you can watch, or just wander and take in exhibits. Don't forget to get your stamp for you NPS passport book!

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Thank Sheryl B
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Very well presented museum with all the historical whaling maritime history and information you could want. Really impressive skeletons of Blue, Humpback, Right and Sperm whales. Biggest scrimshaw collection we have ever seen and top it off with a half-size scale model of a whaling ship you can actually board an walk around on!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

This tour was in honor of our car club's president for his service during the year. There was 36 of us. The museum was more than accommodating to us by providing 2 very knowledgeable docents. Both Sandy and Gerry made our visit memorable. This museum is a very educational and fascinating look at people and events that shaped New England... More 

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Fallston, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Insight to the whaling industry in New Bedford and the continuing effort to safe the historic buildings left in New Bedord

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

go to one of great whaling town of the past thay have everthing all about whaling and the ships and whalemen of the past

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