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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 good place to loarn about local history and traditions.

Very interesting museum loaded with history, exhibits and information was unfamiliar with up to my visit there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Novato, California
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174 reviews 174 reviews
39 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Very interesting museum loaded with history, exhibits and information was unfamiliar with up to my visit there.

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baltimore
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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is perhaps the most thoughtfully and thoroughly curated museum you will attend. Fossils, ship models, dioramas, timelines, maps and manuscripts, electronic displays, period clothing, historic implements and interactive elements serve to integrate the story of whaling within the contaxt of history, commerce, geo-politics and the growth of the New World. While grated from others and grown in New Bedford... More 

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The whaling museum is the best in the world. It combines a combination of history, teaching about whaling life of old and what's happening today. It has exhibits that can hold the interest of young and old, including a half scale ship to climb around on. Parking is on street next to it, or at a parking garage a block... More 

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Vacaville, California
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Having toured the Charles W. Morgan (a whaling bark in Mystic Seaport), I was focussed on the whaling industry. So when I found myself in the area I decided to visit this whaling museum. Good decision! Most of the museum centers on the various aspects of whaling: the men, equipment, and incredible difficulties faced during the voyages; but also there... More 

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Maspeth, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Nice museum - very well-kept with a lot of interesting information. Our only disappointment was that it would be a nicer experience if the museum was on the water, similar to the Mystic Seaport setup.

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Marblehead,MA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Billed as the "world's largest whaling museum" it offers something for people of all ages. Their collections are extensive and the presentation of all aspects alf the whaling industry is excellent.

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Gales Ferry, CT
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226 reviews 226 reviews
74 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This museum has extensive information on the history of whaling, all right on the site where it happened. Featured are the skeletons of several whales, giving you a great idea of size of these massive creatures. Also featured is a half-size whale ship, particularly good for children to climb through, but also OK for nimble adults. An extensive dis[lat of... More 

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

If you can over look the sadness of killing these beautiful creatures, and just focus on the history. It is interesting how they lived and the effect it had on the world.

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Melbourne, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

To get a better understanding of how this city was formed and its whaling industry, then I would recommend stopping at this remarkable museum. Take a self guided tour but plan on some time to review and read the volume of information available. From whale skeletons, awesome whale bone engravings (scrimshaw), to historical accounts and paintings. There is also a... More 

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Marlboro, New York
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138 reviews 138 reviews
32 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The Museum has managed to gather together a remarkably large and varied collection of artifacts and original pieces from the early history of New Bedford, and presents these in well a organized modern facility. It's much more than a whaling museum. It's the history of the entire New Bedford community, presented in art, work implements, dishes, sculpture, film, sketches, scale... More 

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Additional Information about New Bedford Whaling Museum

Address: Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: 508-997-0046
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  New Bedford
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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