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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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New Bedford Whaling Museum

817 Reviews
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18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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Newport, RI Day trip to Martha's Vineyard
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Newport, RI Day trip to Martha's Vineyard

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Enjoy a self-guided daytrip to Martha’s Vineyard! Do sightseeing, shopping, or have fresh "right-off-the-boat" seafood! We will pick you up in our comfortable, semi-private vans at your desired location in the Newport, RI area and take you to the historic seaport of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Your driver will say good-bye as you enjoy a luxurious cruise to Martha’s Vineyard on the SeaStreak Fast Ferry. The ferry glides through the waters between the islands ensuring a smooth, relaxing trip! When you arrive on the island, explore the sights that interest you at your leisure (self-guided). Follow the walking tour of Oak Bluffs including the Flying Horse Carousel, Ginger Bread Houses, and picturesque marina. Enjoy authentic New England seafood or just relax on one of the many beaches. Feeling adventurous? Take a shuttle over to the Aquinnah cliffs! At the end of the day, your driver will meet you in New Bedford for your return ride to the Newport, RI area.
$135.00 per adult
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Rita T wrote a review Oct 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We only had 2 hours because we got there late, but wish we could have spent at least 4 hours there. The most amazing part was Cody!!! He is a docent and was fabulous!!!! He spent almost 2 hours sharing information with us about the whales and whaling business and the New Bedford area. It was such interesting information that I took copious notes! The museum is well worth your time! Rita
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Date of experience: October 2020
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mathchef wrote a review Oct 2020
Pennsylvania153 contributions32 helpful votes
Found it very informative about different types of whales and their habits. Liked seeing the half-life size model of a whaling ship. Upper floor outdoor balcony has a beautiful view of the harbor. Rest rooms were very clean.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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KeenaSD wrote a review Aug 2020
San Diego, California54 contributions40 helpful votes
If you're in New Bedford, the heart of whaling in the US, you have to visit here. It is a very factual, non judgemental and honest presentation of whaling from way back then until the current day, in a large and comfortable space. We had multiple ages in our party and all loved and were fascinated by the museum. We went during Covid but it was handled very professionally with no weird vibe that you often get in museums lately. it was huge... beyond what I'd seen in similar scope museums. It covered many cultures and was just amazing. I'd like to congratulate the people who had the impetus to create this museum. You've done an amazing job! And I love local museums and historical societies so yes I'm impressed as was everyone in our party. The only thing lacking for me was that I wish they had an exhibit dedicated to the whale sounds and a more detailed exhibit about how they use sonar. Where you actually hear their calls. When you walk in, there's a movie with whale sounds but to me the most interesting thing about whales is how they communicate and hunt with sonar. And their calls are so haunting. Would have liked to see that as more than a cursory movie at the get go. But that's a small point as I could not believe the depth and extent they went to with this museum. They truly were dedicated to letting us all share in the rich history of whales and the reality of whaling back in the day. All in all it was a huge highlight of our trip, and appealed to all ages. A must see if in the New Bedford area ! If we are there again, we will return because there's so much more to soak up. This may have been the best museum of its kind we've ever been to! I have never been to any museum focused on a singular topic like this that has presented and encompassed the subject in such an amazing way. Yes I'm a big fan!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum
Responded Sep 15, 2020
Thank you for this glowing review! Whales sounds are amazing and varied - wonderful to listen to and learn about. Before Covid hit, we had an interactive exhibit open that linked the user to the Watkins Marine Mammal Sound Database, where you could search and listen to thousands of recordings. It required the user to touch multiiple surfaces, so sadly, we had to remove it temporarily. Good news though - you can still access those recordings online through our website on the "Whales Today" pages. Thanks again for the great review!
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profnancy wrote a review Aug 2020
Boston, Massachusetts100 contributions42 helpful votes
Culturally diverse exhibits highlighting all sorts of aspects of whaling history, as well as contemporary challenges facing endangered whales. Lots of safety measures in place, so no worries on that score. Highly recommended
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum
Responded Sep 15, 2020
So happy to hear that you felt comfortable during your visit and that you enjoyed yourself. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review.
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professormike2017 wrote a review Jun 2020
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Had a wonderful time visiting -- the exhibits helped us learn about whaling. The model of the whaling boat was really interesting, and the art and exhibits and scrimshaw helped us understand what whaling life was about. Definitely worth a few hours to get an immersion in this part of our nation's history
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Whaling M, Public Relations Manager at New Bedford Whaling Museum
Responded Sep 15, 2020
Thanks for taking the time to write a review! And for visiting the Whaling Museum :)
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