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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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New Bedford Whaling Museum Admission
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The largest museum in America devoted to human interaction with whales, the history of whaling and its impact, and the history of Southcoast Massachusetts, the Whaling Museum houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to whaling...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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+1 508-997-0046
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have visited many museums and this is one of the best. It presents the city’s whaling history in an interesting way. The Pagoda, half scale whaling ship is a treasure. The docents are all friendly and do wonderful presentations.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TrailBlazer820142
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really impressive museum with many in depth collections: whale skeletons, world's largest collection of scrimshaw. Many exhibitions of the whaling industry over time and the lives of the sailors. Enjoyed the visit and recommend highly.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jo-Ann M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful living history of whaling and the cultures/lifestyles surrounding it. This museum provides an all inclusive understanding of the scene at that time. You can feel the sweat and blood. The artifacts (the harpoons, rope knots, portraits, the skeletons, the ship model)....you could...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KLfoodfun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressed with quality and vast representation of the history, peoples and all facets of this era in time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rita L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a great museum for the whole family. There is something to satisfy visitors of all ages and interests. My granddaughters (ages 4 and 7) loved the whale bones, the replica blue whale heart (large enough to climb in), and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter D
Reviewed October 28, 2018

This museum has so much to see!!! Lots of information & history! It seems to go on & on! It has great artifacts, clean, well laid out, & lots of things kids can touch! I wish I had the time to stay longer or go...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sheila M
Reviewed October 26, 2018

The Waling museum rivals the ROM in Canada. The Museum has displays and histories for all members of the family. You sons and daughters can experience famous young people, women, and the bonds that kept families together when whalers were at sea 6 out of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 24thIDTraveller
Reviewed October 24, 2018

While the "Lagoda" is the central attraction, the exhibits are a magnificent lens into the world of 17-19 century whaling. Every economic facet of the industry is featured so ther is something to interest all ages. I am a history teacher and could visit once...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank debp530
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Due to a rainy day we decided on visiting a museum. Since I knew little about Whaling we decided on The New Bedford Whaling Museum. From the giant skeleton of a Sperm Whale in the entrance to the Guided tour as well as the feature...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Thank you for choosing the Whaling Museum and for writing a review!

Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

The guide was awesome! He helped to make the trip memorable. He knew a lot about all the items in the museum. If we had not taken the guided tour, I am sure we would have missed most of the meaning.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

Touring the museum with a guide is a wonderful way to see the highlights and a good opportunity to ask questions. Visitors can choose from a free highlights tour offered once most days in the morning, or an audio tour for a small fee. Thanks...More

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Response from docralph | Reviewed this property |
That's usually too early in the school year to take a Field Trip. There may be 2 days school break (Oct 7 &10) in that area, so you're safe anyway. Often field trips occur in the Spring. Also, I suggest you take the Tour... More
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The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.
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