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New Bedford Whaling Museum
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Admission
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in New Bedford
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is an amazing place. It is a wonderful design-one of the best laid out museums I have seen. The whaling history is explained well and the exhibits are really impressive. A not to be missed place when visiting in southern mass.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic information on this really interesting and important period in American history. Surprisingly good for kids- thought it be too gruesome but was not at all. These smaller museums are much more focused and manageable than the big (exhausting) one's in Boston sometimes. Both has their place but New Bedford- is a bit of a hidden gem if you go with an open mind and appreciate hands on, small scale, focused learning

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Very comprehensive exhibit with innovative displays. Wish we could have had more time to take in all the interesting displays. The film at the beginning of our visit was a great start and made the rest of the tour more interesting and understandable.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Amazing! Whale skeletons hanging from the ceiling in the Jacobs Gallery. A 1/3 model of a whaling bark in the main gallery that you can come aboard. Fabulous art work , scrimshaw and ivory carvings. Across the street is the Seaman's Bethel mentioned in Moby Dick. A nondenominational place of worship. New Bedford is host to the National Historical Whaling National Park. The entire area is full of examples of architecture and industry of the time and as a thriving fishing port today with the largest scallop catch in the world. Once New Bedford was the city that lit the world with whale oil. Now we supply a valuable commodity of fish and tell the history of whaling.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had visited this museum about 15 years ago as a brief stop-off on a trip home from Cape Cod. It was a good museum then. Since that time it has combined its own collection with a polar whaling collection, enlarged its space considerably, and is an even better, more comprehensive museum today. It has also added small sections dealing with other areas and peoples closely identified with New Bedford and with whaling, such as the Azores and Cape Verde. The exhibits clearly show the transition over a century from the mass exploitation of whales (and the lives of those involved in the process) to current efforts for their preservation. We spent a productive two days in New Bedford on this visit, and the Whaling Museum was central to this decision.

The Seamen's Bethel across the street is also worth a visit, on the same theme but continuing the sea-faring tradition into the present. No fee but voluntary contribution appreciated.

There is free 2-hour parking on the street in front of the museum, but we're told that this is very strictly enforced, so I had to leave the museum and return to move the car to a different spot on the same street (the sticker you receive is valid for multiple re-entry).

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