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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: +1 508-997-0046
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The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses...

The largest museum in America devoted to the history of whaling, it houses an extensive collection of art and artifacts relating to this industry during the age of sail.Through its educational programs and activities, the Museum looks to the future by engaging children, teaching that they are part of the fabric of the community, critical to its growth, and destined to be a chapter in its history. The Museum is a forum for whale and now fishing conservation, research and symposia. Its cultural outreach extends around the world, with close ties to Japan, Portugal and the Iñupiat people at the Arctic Circle. The 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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What a great museum! I am not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with things such as their decorative arts exhibits and paintings. The scrimshaw was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great museum! I am not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with things such as their decorative arts exhibits and paintings. The scrimshaw was beautiful. The building is also very interesting. We only had about an hour, and I would have loved more time to look at all the exhibits more thoroughly.

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is an amazing collection of information, art, artifacts, and excellently portrayed aspects of the whaling industry and its role in history. We learned a ton. It might be a bit over the top for those not really into history, but in that case make it a quick visit--you won't be disappointed. For those more into... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been to the other whaling museums in the new England area, this was by far the best in terms of artifacts, displays, breath of history, and size of the place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a pleasant surprise - because it was larger and more extensive then we anticipated. It doesn't just tell the story of the whaling industry in New Bedford, but has many collections to illustrate the history - including a complete whaling ship, whale skeletons, scrimshaw. Very informative and interesting.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Much more diverse and interesting than you would expect. Beautiful architecture and inviting space. Great location and wonderful placer to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had many conceptions of the whaling process of the 19th and 20th century but this filled in with facts and illustrations. The actual whale skeletons made the size of these animals real. They are big. The boats they used to hunt them were much smaller than the whales. There were sections that were displays of period living artifacts but... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our friends gave us complimentary tickets for this museum. Since we were traveling to nearby RI to visit family we decided to make a day of it and visit the museum. Having summered as a child by the shore in RI I'm always interested in anything having to do with or by the ocean. The museum has both a new... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is the perfect place for all ages. Plenty of history and information for adults with some interactive exhibits for children. A very large model whaling ship is available for them to explore. Just the right size for an hour or two.

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Fallston, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great museum on whaling and its influence on New Bedford Nice review of current efforts to protect the whales

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a must see attraction when visiting the Boston area or Cape Cod. Located the heart of the New Bedford National Historic District. Museum filled with four floors of exhibits including a full scale replica of a whaling ship. Highly recommend. Pete

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