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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 19 Attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses an extensive collection...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Orange Beach, Alabama
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Fantastic display about all things "whaling" - the biology of the whales, evolution to current whaling regulations, use of the different parts of the whale, local history of whaling, maritime aspects, dangers of whaling profession...you name it. The exhibits and interpretive material is first class...you can read as much or as little as you want and still learn something. The... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The New Bedford Whaling Museum offers exhibits in every conceivable area of whaling: stories about whaling, whale exhibits, scale model whaling ships, international whaling regulations, scrimshaw, and more.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Step back in time to discover the unique history of the whaling industry. Visit New Bedford, the "Whaing City" and see how it got its name. The exhibits are well maintained and the docents (museum guides) are very knowledgeable about everything concerning whales and the industry that Herman Melville portrayed in "Moby Dick". You can step aboard the Lagoda which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Been to the museum many times and I have learned something new every time. The history of New Bedford is well exhibited from the whaling years to the Cape Verdeans on board the Ernastina. There is do much more to see and breath in.

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West Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Very happily surprised by this excellent museum! So much more than I expected. The enthusiastic staff and well designed flow of the floors sent us on a learning adventure! Also, the visitors center was wonderful- staffed by people who love their venue. Want to come back in warmer weather and do the whole historical park around the museum.

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Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

although they work hard to attract and entertain visitors of all ages we think it's best treated as a serious museum without being boring or too heavy. It should be given at least three hours, more if can. The exhibits are historical and some are hands on. It is worth starting with the guided tour, the half size? Boat is... More 

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Little Falls, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It was amazing to see life size skeletons of whales. They had a half size whaling ship. Several floors of information. Pretty cool. We attended a wedding at the museum. What a great idea for a different kind of venue. 3 floors of stuff to see.

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Sandy, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We hit this museum each year when we travel through New England. You need, at least, a couple of hours here. Staff is wonderful.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This museum is really informative & well worth the trip. The area surrounding the museum is also worth exploring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My brother and his family were visiting from Texas and wanted to go to a maritime museum. We did a little research and selected this museum – it was a great choice. The exhibits and stories are very well done. I have always been in awe of whales, and so excited to see them in the ocean off of providence.... More 

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