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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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Great museum of whaling and the Azorians

Quite and experience to see in depth the whaling industry as is was in the 1800's. They also have an interactive exhibit as to who was on the ships, which is also available on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Quite and experience to see in depth the whaling industry as is was in the 1800's. They also have an interactive exhibit as to who was on the ships, which is also available on line. Not just historical, but also addresses current monitoring of the whales. Great exhibit of scrimshaw. Teenager found it of interest too.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

The museum is conveniently located in the oldest part of New Bedford. It is beautifully laid out and well maintained. We enjoyed learning both about the history of New Bedford in the whaling industry and the role that the Portugese immigrant population played in making it so successful. We learned a lot! One caution though. Ours was a trial visit... More 

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New Bedford, Mass., United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The NB Whaling Museum is a wonderful attraction in the heart of the NB Whaling City National Park. It is the largest of its kind & offers a glimpse of the past history of NB when it was the whaling capitol of the world. It helps you to understand what men, women & their families had to endure in order... More 

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Nannup, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This museum is a 'must see' if visiting New Bedford, the former capital of whaling in the American NE. The 'City that Lit the World'! To see whole whale skeletons in company with related artifacts and small boats is a revelation. How on earth did the whalers survive their encounters with these magnificent beasts? We received a great tour and... More 

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This museum was never on the top of my list of places to visit but it turned out to be the most enjoyable museum trips I've ever had. I usually got overwhelmed and bored after a couple of hours at one of those larger and better known museums. As this museum is small and focused on one thing only, I... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The NB Whaling Museum is steeped with history and factual presentations of the Whaling Industry and emerging products and artifacts. The staff is knowledgeable and pleasant always. Exhibits are changed frequently and the atmosphere is always that of elegance and cleanliness. I was disappointed that the original theatre to the left of the entrance was no longer being used as... More 

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North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Both educational and entertaining. A one stop look at the history of whaling with great insight, as well as a significant history of New Bedford

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

New Bedford was a mecca of a whaling industry in the 1800's. The number of banks in the city belies the wealth that was gained from the adventures of the whalers. All of this is expertly detailed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The history is expertly depicted with the 1/2 size whaling ship, all of the tools of the... More 

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Old Man Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

While visiting friends in the area, we went to New Bedford and stopped at the Whaling Museum. It is a wonderful and informative national resource. New Bedford was the focal point of the whaling industry for North America for hundreds of years. Their collections and information are great and housed in a modern facility that was specifically designed to house... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a wonderful museum that expresses the history of whaling in New Bedford. It actually has a replica of a whaling ship that you can climb into. On the ceiling as you enter the museum are the bones of a great whale. We also happen to go on what they call "free Friday's" in the summer. All over Massachusetts... More 

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Additional Information about New Bedford Whaling Museum

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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