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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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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Located in a fascinating historical district. We did the NPS walk that set the scene - worth doing. Then we went into museum. Lots in there that is very interesting. We had not realised how the whalers went all across the oceans and how the diversity of the population in New Bedford changed as a result. Go upstairs and look... More

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Marble Falls, Texas
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38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Much larger than it appears. Has scrimshaw, whaling implements, figureheads, tail boards, and the world's largest ship model: a 1/2 size whaler. This alone is worth the price of admission (which is good for two consecutive days). Art works blend with artifacts in abundance. A terrific staff adds to one's enjoyment. This is a must see, Five stars are not... More

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Mts of western NC
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457 reviews 457 reviews
158 attraction reviews
261 helpful votes 261 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This museum puts all the rest to shame, even Nantucket's. Spending an entire day here is easy. Many examples of whaling boats and whale skeletons and just about everything. They even had a smell test for the different types of whale oil. Extremely informative and plenty of tributes to Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The scrimshaw exhibit is fascinating too. We... More

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Barnstable, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We have been to many museums both in the USA and internationally. While on a boat trip to New Bedford, we visited this museum and found it to be wonderful for students of whaling history, as well as those interested in marine history, antiques, the environment, the industrial movement, etc. You could easily spend a whole day here, and not... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This museum does a great job of pulling together the history of whaling, the history of New Bedford and of course whales. The museum is laid out in a very easy to manage fashion with the displays split up into various rooms that have an easy flow from room to room. I won't spoil it for you, but this is... More

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Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you've ever been whale watching and marveled at the size and grandeur of these creatures, the New Bedford Whaling Museum will give you the chills. Suspended from the ceiling in the entry gallery are the skeletons of four whales -- a right whale and her infant, a sperm whale and a humpback whale. (None were hunted for this display,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Excellent Museum to visit with children (mine were 8 and 10 at the time). Plan your visit well, since there is so much to see. The museum store is delightful as well.

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Milwaukee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Very nice museum that gave us a picture of the importance of whaling in New Bedford and around the world. Current emphasis is on conservation education, which makes the history of the industry very sad, but don't let that keep you from visiting.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It is a fascinating place to bring the kids. History abounds not only in the museum but the surrounding streets and waterfront.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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164 reviews 164 reviews
58 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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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