New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford

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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.
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  • we arrived late i the afternoon, so much to see we came back next day with the two day ticket. parking nearby seemed to be for two hours only, there is a view from the open balcony over the harbour, a...  more »
  • The Museum is organized, the staff are kind and attentive. Nice site. There's a huge ship inside the Museum, where you can relive the way of whalers.
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  • Between the boardable scale model of the Lagoda, to the full sized model of a whale heart (you can go inside it!), to the fascinating ties New Bedford has to Japan and Alaska, and the influences of 19...  more »
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  • 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!
  • My first visit and we loved the history. The Docent was amazing and knowledgeable, sharing interesting details and life like exploration of whaling. The structure and flow of the museum are beautiful!!! We will return for more enjoyment and allow more time! Thank you🐳
  • So much to see. Have to carve out a good part of your day to read everything. I will definitely be back as I was limited today by 2hr Free street parking. Next time up to Cape I will make time to come back.
  • I love our country's museums. The thread to our past and the way cultures have changed, I"m always fascinated. In this museum, we explored the whaling history of the region. The upstairs observation deck was a special treat. We sat for a while just soaking in the scenery and the summer air. We also toured the Seaman's Bethel as well.

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