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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
Phone Number: 508-997-0046
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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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LARGEST REPOSITORY OF WHALING ARTIFACTS ANYWHERE.

My family has been visiting the Whaling Museum for over 60 years. I've taken my nieces and nephews, my children and grandchildren and vistors and friends. At my age I think I like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
MikeMcCormack
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family has been visiting the Whaling Museum for over 60 years. I've taken my nieces and nephews, my children and grandchildren and vistors and friends. At my age I think I like to go more than ever. The displays change just enough over the year to make for great surprises. A decidedly historical and educational adventure for young and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, what a surprisingly interesting and informative hour we spent here. Extensive displays fouled with passionate tour guides make this a must see attraction. Loved the Scrimshaw in particular. Allow more than an hour though, lots to see

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College Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whaling and local history. Nice art exhibition. Lots to look at. Don't miss the Grandissimus as described by Melville.

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New England, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to go if you want to immerse yourself in the history of maritime whaling from the heydays of whaling in the 1840s. It has everything about whaling, including a scaled-down version of a whaling ship, along with many examples of scrimshaw and other folk art from that period. I got a kick out of the room with a... More 

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Elkland, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent 3 and one half hours here and didn't see everything. It is just amazing and a must see if you are in the area. The skeletons of the Whales are very interesting. The museum is full of stories and history of the whaling in Massachusetts. Very good for children and teens.

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Roswell, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is simply the best whaling museum period. Outstanding collection in an historic building with cobblestone streets surrounded by a National Park. Be sure and walk the justices streets and visit the nearby park visitor center.

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Dade City, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stopped in while on vacation to visit the museum and we were glad we did. It is a very interesting museum with lots of exhibits from that era in our history. I would highly recommend it as a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From scrimshaw to spears to an actual rebuilt ship inside the museum for children to climb aboard. New Bedford is rich with whaling history. Interesting documentary played right in the theater inside.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful Museum in a town of incredibly polite Yanks. This is one of the areas that should be at the top of your list to visit. Staff is knowledgeable and the displays are interesting and well presented. We were fortunate as we had the run of the place, private party, for several hours after closing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was expecting a fairly small museum and was surprised with how large it was. We spent several hours here and could have spent longer. The displays, especially the large scale model ship and whale skeletons, were very impressive. A very informative day.

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