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New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
508-997-0046
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Ranked #1 of 22 Attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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142 reviews 142 reviews
53 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The Whaling Museum in New Bedford offers a very interesting look at a major industry in the area years and years ago. The museum is on three levels and features a wide collection of artifacts related to the whaling industry. The whale skeletons are obviously a highlight- it's amazing to see the size of these creatures. It really puts them... More

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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

I don't consider myself a museum connoisseur, but every foot of this Museum was wonderful. Unlike the Nantucket Museum, New Bedford has more hands on items. You can climb onto a whaling ship or find yourself inside the sleeping quarters of the ship's crew...(watch your head). One room contains enough scrimshaw and handmade items of ivory & bone to experience... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Visited here with a couple of teenagers. There is so much to look at and if you're lucky you'll get to follow up a knowledgeable tour guide.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I have been to another whaling museum, but this is the most complete collection that I could ever imagine. So many photos, films, paintings, & scrimshaw to see that I wish we could have spent another two hours here to see it all. My son and I really enjoyed reading the descriptions and duties of the whaling guys on the... More

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Parker, Colorado
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Whale skeleton, replica, Abundant early new England historical photos,paintings, timeline, and wealth information re Early Massachusetts.

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Ashaway, Rhode Island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

I have lived in RI for 53 years and have never been to visit this fabulous museum . It was on my bucket list for this summer and have to say that I am sorry I missed it all this time. My husband and I spent two hours here but could have easily spent another hour ( our meter was... More

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We are local to the region and had business in New Bedford. glad we took some time to see the whaling museum because it is phenomenal. Tons of exhibits (literally pun intended): my favorites were the Bradford art and sketches, the incredibly extensive scrimshaw collection, the model ships and the overall layout of the museum. We attended with my teenaged... More

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Mystic, CT
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We really enjoyed this fine museum! Beautiful building, very clean and well laid out. Great for families. 5 stars!

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Milan, Italy
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The museum is neat and we were given a free tour by one of the custodians (from Queens) who was absolutely great as he knew so much about the subject and was really passionate about the subject that he made the tour that much more interesting. Great stop and really great value for money.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A great place that is well maintained and well organised. Everything is clean and labelled so that you can see and understand the best of all the exhibits on offer. It brings to life the history of whaling and New Bedford's position in this as it's first port. There are lots of interactive exhibits: a scaled down version of a... More

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