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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317
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+1 508-997-0046
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Nice Museum and Fun for Kids!

Surprisingly great museum and very interesting. New Bedford is also a cute town, especially this area. They have a couple whale skeletons and a replica of a boat (1/2 scale... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 21, 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

Surprisingly great museum and very interesting. New Bedford is also a cute town, especially this area. They have a couple whale skeletons and a replica of a boat (1/2 scale). Also a lot of history of the whalers. Great fun.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2016

On our way from Plymouth to Mystic we called in at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, time well spent. For hundreds of years the world relied on slaughtering these magnificent creatures to provide many things including light from whale oil, before kerosene became popular, candles from sperm oil, women’s corsets, food, and to keep the wheels of industry oiled all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

Visitors to the area should be sure to make time in their schedule for an afternoon at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Not only is this a unique experience in a unique place, I think you will have a new perspective on the area after a tour there. From the time you enter the museum and see a real baby... More 

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Madison, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016

The museum not only has interesting information on the historical part of whaling, but has info on whales themselves and the environment, other whaling cultures, and the general history of New Bedford. I loved the scrimshaw exhibit.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2016

My wife brought me here. We had free tickets, since we live @ The lofts at Wamsutta Place. They provide free tickets, as a "perk"!. I was so impressed by the Museum and the informative displays. Such rich History not only about Whaling, but about The Wampanoag Indians, King Philips War, The Acushnet River Basin and surrounding area, and New... More 

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2016

This museum was much bigger than I expected, covering so many facets of the whaling industry and New Bedford history. You learn about biology, oceanography, history, technology, economics, and much more. There are huge whale skeletons and an entire whaling ship in the museum, and even a nice view of the harbor from the top floor. Spend one hour or... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016

During you stay in Bedford you should go to this museum. It has a lot of interesting things to do. This museum is great to go with kids. You will learn abouth the history of fishing and the story behind. The focus of the museum are the whales, so will you see a lot of history about it. You can... More 

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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2016

What an amazing time seeing the different types of Whales that were once sought after by the men. It was incredible to see the tools and vessels used to go after the whales. It really opened my eyes to the trials and tribulations these men endured during their hunts. I would recommend taking a day trip here. So much fun!!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2015

This is a museum focused on the whaling industry and all its ramifications. As such you can see the skeletons of whole whales, learn about types of whales, the sounds they make and what threatens them. You can also see a reconstruction (half size) of a wooden whaling ship, learn how whales were hunted and why. You can also learn... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a great little museum. There's a great view of the harbor from upstairs and there's school boat dedigned for the kids which was a hit. It's informative and fun. I recommend!

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