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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 in the world's oceans, the history of whaling and its impact, and the history of Southcoast Massachusetts, the Whaling Museum houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts...more
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I attended a wedding reception at the Whaling Museum. It was an amazing experience for all of the guests! There is a life size boat that visitors can climb aboard! The exhibits were outstanding and very informative. I would highly recommend a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank WanderingToesTiger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just attended the 26 hour reading of Moby Dick. Standing room only. Saw the support of the museum staff and many volunteers who love this museum; I especially like the Lagoda Room with the 1/2 size model of a whale ship and the actual whale...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Martin L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for brolo's wedding reception. Pretty cool space. Mass has some really weird liquor license laws, but not the venue's issue. The space was neat with cool exhibits and they view from the balcony where we ate was beautiful. If you're looking for a cool...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tommy1125
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you walk in the door and there is a full sized whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.... there is so much to see.... it would be difficult to enjoy this museum in less than 2 hours. I loved the historical artifacts and pictures of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank John F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While visiting Westerly Rhode Island in November 2018. We went to Providence and were unable to find the historic area there. So my husband suggested we drive to New Bedford, Massachusetts which is not far from we were. So here we go on another road...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dianna M
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Serendipity strikes again! Thanks for coming and for taking the time to write this positive review. The Whaling Museum is about 70 minutes from Boston and Hyannis (Cape Cod), and about 45 minutes from Providence and Newport, RI - by car.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here expecting to only spend a couple of hours. We ended up spending almost the whole day and then coming back the next day! The tickets are good for two days. If you have any interest at all in early American commerce or,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 76victorj
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow! Thank you for this wonderful review. You're right that our focus is distinct from Mystic Seaport. We tell the story of human interaction with whales across time as well as the history of the region. Yankee whaling is a big part of that story...More

Reviewed December 11, 2018

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
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

High praise! Thank you! You probably mean the Lagoda (not Pagoda) - as far as we know it is world's largest ship model and visitors love to climb onboard.

Reviewed November 28, 2018

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
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed November 24, 2018

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
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are happy to hear that you had such a great experience! Our exhibits change regularly, so we hope that gives you an excuse to come back. For example, a major expansion of our whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and ocean health exhibition "Whales Today"...More

Reviewed November 23, 2018 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
Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this positive review!

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valueralan
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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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