The New Bedford Whaling Museum is world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. A cornerstone attraction within New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and a Park partner, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. The museum’s 20 galleries of maritime art and science exhibits include five whale skeletons and the world’s largest ship model, Lagoda, which visitors may climb aboard. The Museum’s collections number in excess of 750,000 items, including the world’s largest collections of scrimshaw, whaling logbooks and journals. The Museum Store carries a large inventory of books on maritime, whaling, and local history topics, as well as unique gifts related to the collection. Wheelchair accessible. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.Use our New Bedford trip itinerary planner to add New Bedford Whaling Museum and other attractions to your New Bedford vacation plans.
New Bedford Whaling Museum Reviews
Really impressive museum with many in depth collections: whale skeletons, world's largest collection of scrimshaw. Many exhibitions of the whaling industry over time and the lives of the sailors. Enjo... more »
What a wonderful living history of whaling and the cultures/lifestyles surrounding it. This museum provides an all inclusive understanding of the scene at that time. You can feel the sweat and blood. ... more »
Truly excellent museum in superb surroundings. Fascinating history of the whaling industry with incredible collection of original artefacts and memorabilia. Great for kids as life size skeletons, whale biology & hands on exhibits including a half size replica scale model of a whaling ship to explore. The guided tour was excellent (thanks Cody) There is lots to see in the historical cobbled streets around the museum too. You can easily pass the best part of a day here - in fact the ticket is good for 2 days as there is so much to see. Thank you for a highly memorable, enjoyable and informative visit.
A really incredible experience. The museum is HUGE and so worth it. You will learn more than you thought was possible about whale biology, the lives of the whalers and the culture that surrounded whaling, the artistic and industrial uses of whale products and the historical significance of the enterprise. Good for kids too, as there are plenty of multisensory experiences like seeing through a whale's eyes and smelling samples of various whale oils. Perhaps the highlight of the museum is the scale model of the whaling ship that you can actually board. Everything is presented with historical accuracy but through a lens of modern conservationism. Highly recommend visiting!
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