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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: 508-997-0046
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Description: The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses...
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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A slice of history

I brought a friend here last September and we had a blast. We both enjoyed seeing art as well as tools of the trade for the whaling industry. We especially liked exploring the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I brought a friend here last September and we had a blast. We both enjoyed seeing art as well as tools of the trade for the whaling industry. We especially liked exploring the boat, despite being much taller than the sailors who must have sailed the ocean.

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Huntersville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This museum is a gem. It covers the whaling industry's every facet. Wonderful exhibits in a very classy setting. I. Was very impressed with their scrimshaw exhibit as well as the 1/2 scale whaler. The whale skeletons really impress with their sizes. Got in at half price because of construction in the area. Found free parking on the street about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great place and the must complete whale museum I have seen...see for yourself and you won't be dessapointed.

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Rockwall, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

When you say museum to my husband, he runs the other way. However he loved this place, so now you know how good it is. He especially loved the whale bones still dripping oil and the whaling ship you could climb into. All aspects of whaling are covered here and it is fascinating. Our guide presented some fun and interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Excellent family friendly museum. Wonderful art work that represents our country's past. Whale bones and ship exhibits are fun and exciting. Great take on a rainy day!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Wow. First off, does this place even need another fabulous review? Stop reading reviews and just go. My husband and I stopped here with our kids (11 and 9) while on our family vacation to Boston from the Midwest. The kids were absolutely awe-struck by the whale skeletons, boats, scrimshaw collection, and other artifacts and exhibits. Our tour guide, Jennifer... More 

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Offenbach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Biggest Whaling Museum of the world - absolutely amazing ! Whenever you ar in Boston or close to New Bedford you should visit this fine museum on Johnny Cake Hill. You need to send at least 3-4 hours to admire the fantastic exhibition of skeletons, hunting tools, scrimshaw artwork and the biggest ship model - the Lagoda. Don't forget to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The New Bedford Whaling Museum provides a fascinating look at the whaling industry of yesteryear. The scrimshaw is unbelievably beautiful and worth the rip alone. The museum is located in the old section of New Bedford where there are cobble stones, cute shops etc.

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Raleigh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We really found this museum interesting, and we were fortunate to have a docent tour starting up right as we came in. The museum tells all about the whaling industry that put this town on the map, and goes into the preservation efforts that are now underway for whales. Given that this was a major port, there is a lot... More 

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New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Lot of history here and adding on a huge new section. Antique glassware and scrimshaw. not as nice as Nantucket's museum but getting there. Not a wasted trip. Place can be rented for events not cheap but guest will be talking about it for years to come. Do not forget seaman's bethel all redone to period details

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