Trip Planner:   USA  /  Massachusetts  /  New Bedford  /  Museums  /  New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford

(4.7/5 based on 500 reviews on the web)
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 Theater displays films running continuously. 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. Winter hours of operation, November through March: Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on holiday Mondays. Wheelchair accessible. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Plan to see New Bedford Whaling Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our New Bedford trip generator.
Create a full New Bedford itinerary

Plan your trip to New Bedford

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
  • Concentrates on whaling and the history of New Bedford. Collection of whale skeletons shows the size of the animals. An under appreciated art collection as well, emphasizing sailing and especially wha...  more »
  • Overcast and cold and wanting to spend a nice time with a friend we decided to go to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It did not disappoint. The Museum has something for everyone. Art work, history, ve...  more »
  • Walked around the NBWM back in November. I had an hour before a meeting in downtown and needed a quiet place to clear my head. It was great. Exhibits are vastly improved, since childhood trips. I'll d...  more »
  • I have loved this place ever since I was a kid! It is completely packed with as much information as they could in this museum. For kids there are fun things to see and touch, but if you're running around the pirate ship, there is so so much information to read! For the size that this place is, I felt like I was going to be there forever,
  • Beautiful museum showcasing the history of the whaling industry and how entire communities were built from it. Especially facinating historical perspectives on how whaling facilitated Azorean and Cape Verdean immigration to USA.
  • Excellent museum. Great documentation of the rise and fall of the whaling industry in early america. While a reprehensible practice that museum does a great job of recording this industry and explaining the culture that produced this industry. It is a must see for anyone with interest in early American or New England history.
  • A beautiful building with an impressive depth of exhibits. New Bedford is rightfully proud to be home to this award winning museum.
  • My wife and I visited the museum last year and spent five hours in the museum until it closed. We left and wished we had another five or six hours to see the exhibits more thoroughly that we had to rush thru before the museum closed. The whaling ship exhibit was one of many exceedingly well exhibits that were shown. I recommend this museum to anyone who wishes to have a unique experience.