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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 21 attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The whaling museum sould be the highlight of anyones vist to New Bedford. It is very educational for all ages. Give your visit 2 or 3 hours to take in all that there is to see and learn.

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Marion, MA
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21 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This expanded museum gives an overview of the history of New Bedford whaling, with whale skeletons, photo exhibits, oil paintings and more. There is a 3/4 scale ship on which you can walk (and pose for pictures). The museum shop has unique and mostly whale-oriented gifts. A fascinating visit for all ages

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Longmeadow, MA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

My family spent about 2 1/2 hours taking in this excellent museum representing the early whaling industry in New Bedford and around the world. The exhibits cover every imaginable aspect of this historical commodity, from ships to art and memorabilia. One volunteer took a great deal of time sharing his vast knowledge of the subject and of Melville's Moby Dick,... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were staying on Cape Cod for Christmas and I have always wanted to visit this museum. I took my mum who was visiting us from the UK and we went on the Sunday before Christmas. The museum has some very well laid out and interesting exhibits and volunteers/staff were very helpful. We had a great chat with a retired... More

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

I found myself in New Bedford for the weekend, for a wedding - and quickly discovered the rich history of this small town. It was once the 'whaling capital of the world' -- and the Whaling Museum does an admirable job in showcasing the history of the whaling industry, and its influence on New Bedford -- as well as the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

What a wonderful place to visit! Right on the water in downtown New Bedford - plan an hour (or more) to tour

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Ny
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We were staying in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod on a cold, rainy day so we headed about 30 minutes west to New Bedford and went to this fantastic museum. They have a couple short videos to watch at the entranceway and three whale skeletons hanging from the ceiling. Most impressive. Inside there are scale models of various boats used... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

They have a whale of a tale to tell you...at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Every year I visit; it gets better. The displays are amazing with scrimshaw, whaling tools, and other artifacts. You will enjoy this place! Two rabbit ears up!! (\ (\ ( -.-) o_(")(")

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Se Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I was in Boston on a business trip and decided to add a side trip - so glad I did. New Bedford, the Whaling Museum, the whole town was a certainly the most positive aspect of my entire trip.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Only Moby Dick knew whaling better. The place is a wonderland of ships, sights and meaningful info on the then industry and the main characters---the mammal!

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