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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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nice history lesson

Really neat went with my husband to spend a couple of hours learned a lot --parking is easy nice thing to do with kids also.Then went for lunch afterwards nice day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Really neat went with my husband to spend a couple of hours learned a lot --parking is easy nice thing to do with kids also.Then went for lunch afterwards nice day.

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Fall River
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We went here on a rainy week day and had the place to ourselves. We were impressed with the exhibits especially the whaling ship replica. It is not full size but does give the flavor of a full size ship. We did not have enough time the see the entire museum but we enjoyed what we saw enough that we... More 

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Hanover, MA
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We visited the New Bedford Whaling Museum after a long hiatus. Special activities were taking place due to the fact that it was a school vacation week for Massachusetts. When we first walked in, our children were delighted to get their faces painted and to work on a variety of crafts including Origami whales. A highlight was getting to eat... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I was born in New Bedford Ma, and have resided in Califorina for 48 years, I have visited New Bedford often but this was the first time I went to the Whaling Museum. It really was interesting. The area around it is also so historic, well worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We loved it - got in half price due to construction that did not affect us. Something for all ages. Loved all the hands on stuff. Beautiful views with binoculars on third level . Would visit again !

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I'm a big history buff and expected to get into this more than I did. It is a fascinating period in American industry. There are some very interesting exhibits, especially the scrimshaw, the whale skeletons and the model whaling vessels. But overall, I found it rather boring and wish I had read a good book on the subject rather than... More 

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New York City, New York
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302 helpful votes 302 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Just about everything is good about this museum- not too big or too small, good displays, nice volunteers. Came to see the NCECA sculptures but was drawn into all the other displays. I had no prior interest but they are very well done. The scrimshaw are fascinating and the large boat model quite enjoyable. But the whale skeletons alone make... More 

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Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Nicely laid out in a light and airy atmosphere. Educational without being 'preachy'. Excellent tie-in with general historical events. Worth a visit.

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Marion, Massachusetts, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have been going to the NBWM since I was a kid and it has only gotten better over time. There is so much to see and so much to learn and the exhibits change regularly. It is the gem of New Bedford!

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This museum is a great place to visit with some incredible exhibits and a very helpful & knowledgeable Staff !!

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