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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone Number: 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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A must in New Bedford

The whaling era is an important part of American history and the museum brings it to life. Well worth the time to slowly go through to learn about whalers and whales.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The whaling era is an important part of American history and the museum brings it to life. Well worth the time to slowly go through to learn about whalers and whales.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very comprehensive display and very well done. There is great deal to absorb, so more than one visit would be useful.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Don't be fooled by its name, this is an eclectic museum covering a wide range of subjects and history. It would be easy to spend a couple of days here, discovering it all. There's everything from whaling to shipping to immigrants and native history. Local products - Pairpoint glass and whale-bone products - to imported luxuries. A half-scale model of... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in New Bedford - you need to see the Museum. The exhibits, the information you get, the history - not to be missed!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I took a day trip to New Bedford to go to the whaling museum. My family have donated whaling memorabilia in the past so I have an extra fondness to this museum. As always we really enjoyed the visit and the area around the museum with its old buildings and cobblestone streets. The museum is divided into... More 

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Westport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Used to go here all the time when I was kid on field trips. This place is pretty cool even when you are older. The history in this place is incredible and the knowledge is extraordinary. Definitely reccommend to stop here on a rainy day to spend a few hours.

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband is a huge fan of New England maritime history. We spent a couple of hours here while visiting from out of town, and we plan to return. Plus he found an awesome nautical tie in the gift shop!

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Rochdale, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the museum with three grandchildren ages 12, 10 and 9. They all seemed to enjoy the museum.My husband and I were very impressed and will be back for a visit again ourselves, so we could spend a little more time and tour more of the New Bedford buildings near it. The museum has done a great job with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This whaling museum was a fun, and educational stop on our way to Newport from Boston. The physical plant and the exhibits are all quite well done, definitely better than its small town status would suggest. I'm not sure it would be worth it as a destination, but I'm glad I made a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my wife and 2 teens to learn some of the history of whaling and of the role of New Bedford in the world of whaling. Many fascinating things to learn. New Bedford really had a global economy and impact before the industrialization of the US. Not only does it five extensively into the whaling industry, also houses several... More 

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