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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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New Bedford Whaling Museum Admission
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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
+1 508-997-0046
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The NWM has been open for decades and offers visitors a unique look into the work, art, and human history of the whaling age. Always growing in scale and display space so return visits are a must

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chris C
Reviewed March 3, 2019

I was glad I took the time to drive to New Bedford to see this museum. I was always fascinated by whales and wanted to understand more about the whaling industry. This place does not sugar coat what happened in our history and enables one...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hunt4game
Reviewed February 24, 2019

I've visited the Whaling Museum nearly every year for the last 30 years. And each time I go there's something new - I've even done yoga in the lobby under the skeleton of a sperm whale. Kids love the Lagoda (scaled down sized whaling ship)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christine N
Reviewed February 18, 2019

My husband and I (in our 30s) give this 5 stars because it was an informational museum with whale bones and a to-scale whale heart right in the lobby. Before I get to far into it- the admission of $17/per adult is too much for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank irlbp
Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Best whaling museum in the country. Thoroughly researched. Signifies an important time in U.S. history and commerce. Very family friendly. Well worth the visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Karoline S
Reviewed February 11, 2019

Fantastic Museum right in downtown New Bedford. Interesting and fun. I suggest if you are in the area.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RhodyPhotographer
Reviewed January 22, 2019

I attended the Moby Dick Marathon at the museum. It was a fantastic event, full of character and characters. I highly recommend this museum and it's best appreciated over a series of visits. There are multiple exhibits: art, culture, science. I also know it's a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SecondBeach
Reviewed January 9, 2019 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 January 6, 2019

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 January 3, 2019 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
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September 14, 2016|
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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
September 26, 2015|
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Response from Fobie | Property representative |
The best RV parking is along S. Water St, diagonally across from the NBWM's Union St frontage.