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New Bedford Whaling Museum

Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: 508-997-0046
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Ranked #1 of 21 Attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses an extensive collection...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Providence, Rhode Island
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164 reviews 164 reviews
37 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Located in the heart of "old" New Bedford, the Whaling Museum is packed with fascinating collections, generally well-laid out with lots of information. There were a few places where things seemed a bit jumbled as if they needed someone to rearrange things or put them back in order, but otherwise it was very nicely done. Our first stop was the... More 

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New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The history of whaling comes alive with a 1/2 scale model of a whaling ship,art, photos and memorabilia from whalers, and a retrospective view of the importance and impacts of the whaling industry. Yes, protection and preservation are represented as well. You'll see scale models of whales, boats, equipment and learn the stories of the people who held this challenging... More 

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is a great event at a lovely, warm museum full of beautiful things and nice people. Anyone who has a love of literature should attend the Moby Dick Marathon. People who truly love the book read for 25 hours, some camp out in sleeping bags on the upper level of the museum. The exhibit in the museum pertaining to... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

With the recent release of the movie adaptation of the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whale Ship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick -- the actual historical basis for Herman Melville's Moby Dick - I decided to go take another visit at the Whaling Museum. When I was growing up we used to have field trips... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is what New Bedford is all about. This is what put New Bedford on the map. The people that work here make the museum what it is. They love and believe in what they are doing. When you step aboard the "ship" that is constructed indoors, you become a child at heart. What a great experience.

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Orange Beach, Alabama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Fantastic display about all things "whaling" - the biology of the whales, evolution to current whaling regulations, use of the different parts of the whale, local history of whaling, maritime aspects, dangers of whaling profession...you name it. The exhibits and interpretive material is first class...you can read as much or as little as you want and still learn something. The... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The New Bedford Whaling Museum offers exhibits in every conceivable area of whaling: stories about whaling, whale exhibits, scale model whaling ships, international whaling regulations, scrimshaw, and more.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Step back in time to discover the unique history of the whaling industry. Visit New Bedford, the "Whaing City" and see how it got its name. The exhibits are well maintained and the docents (museum guides) are very knowledgeable about everything concerning whales and the industry that Herman Melville portrayed in "Moby Dick". You can step aboard the Lagoda which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Been to the museum many times and I have learned something new every time. The history of New Bedford is well exhibited from the whaling years to the Cape Verdeans on board the Ernastina. There is do much more to see and breath in.

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West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very happily surprised by this excellent museum! So much more than I expected. The enthusiastic staff and well designed flow of the floors sent us on a learning adventure! Also, the visitors center was wonderful- staffed by people who love their venue. Want to come back in warmer weather and do the whole historical park around the museum.

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