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New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
+1 508-997-0046
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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 during the age of sail, socioeconomic history of the region, whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, and ocean health. Visitors can marvel at massive whale skeletons, board the world's largest ship model - the Lagoda - see an exhibit about the world's longest painting, and explore hands-on learning activities in the Casa dos Botes Discovery Center. The Whaling 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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent museum about history and industry of which I was not aware. The size of the whaling industry at it's peak and the role of New Bedford was impressive. The museum did a good job of providing visuals in addition to information to keep it...More

Thank Jim H
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Joining one of the regularly scheduled tours is a great option! Most days, we do a Highlights Tour at 11am. Those are free with Museum Admission. Our curators often give tours too. This summer, we are doing free Curator Tours at Kilburn Mill, site of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The whole family will enjoy the Whaling Museum. With huge skeletons of gigantic whales. The view from the top floor of the harbor is fantastic. The museum is surrounded by restaurant, is close to the harbor and close to the ferry to Martha's Vineyard.

Thank Thomas C
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Gayle H, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We're happy that your family enjoyed visiting the Whaling Museum! I'll also point out that young kids enjoy our hands-on Discovery Center and the big whaleship model, the Lagoda, is always a hit. (You can go on board.) Thank you for writing a review!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacle in Motion at Killburn Mill is a lovely depiction of whaling and life in ports around the world in the mid 1800's. It is such a special panorama, refurbished and thankfully back on display in huge venue that allows you to comfortably walk through...More

Thank Peter R
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this review, and for the donation!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing painting done 1848 - longest painting in America - wondefully restored 1,275 foot long. A must see at The Kilburn Mill on Rodney French Blvd., Free admission courtesy of the Whaling Museum. Only on view July 29th - October 8th 2018...More

Thank Julie M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is outstanding. It has something for everyone and it is easy to spend several hours exploring the exhibits. There's a good introductory video, a large model of a whaling ship, a lookout over the New Bedford harbor, and excellent exhibits...More

Thank Barbara H
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

This is a wonderful review. Thank you! Admission to the exhibit at Kilburn Mill featuring the Grand Panorama is free of charge.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum during our visit to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, of which the visitor center is just next door to the museum. This museum is very informative of the whaling history and its spatial and chronicle impact on the city...More

Thank Ming O
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are glad you had a chance to see "A Spectacle in Motion: The Original" featuring the original Panorama at Kilburn Mill. We'll only be exhibiting the painting until October 8, 2018, so there is a brief window to see this incredible artwork. You can...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum has been carefully curated In recent years to exhibit not only the skeletons of whales and the artifacts of whaling and seamanship, but also cultural items and fine art of the period. We forget how much whaling contributed to 19th century life. The...More

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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Don't miss the Panorama indeed! The two-part exhibition "A Spectacle in Motion" has two locations. The original 1,275 ft long painting is at Kilburn Mill, 127 West Rodney French Blvd. The large-scale digital reproduction of the Panorama in motion is at the Whaling Museum itself,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Of course the museum itself if wonderful (although perhaps only of limited interest to really young kids. Too much to read). But the Grand Panorama (the original 1275 feet long is on display through early October) alone is worth the visit. The Experience (about 40...More

Thank Mike G
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Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're glad you took the time to see both parts of "A Spectacle in Motion!" Seeing "The Experience" first was a good idea because it gives you a lot of background and context before seeing the actual painting.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to visit. Boats, whales, ropes, and stuff made with human hair 😬. Gift shop and nice surroundings to walk and grab a quick bite. Two hour parking right outside the doors, free

Thank Darinda P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a rainy with time to kill before our flight. What a great museum! Every little detail is well done and our tour guide was engaging, enthusiastic, and a great story teller. The museum is so much more than what we expected with impressive exhibits...More

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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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