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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  • I had a blast here with friends. We had fun walking around the museum. I expected to see Charles W Morgan stuff since a friend sailed the boat.  more »
  • This was a great museum, worth the visit! We loved the displays and it was a pleasure to navigate. Would go again.  more »
  • World class small museum experience with well-educated staff and plenty of opportunities to roam, rest, and recreate.  more »
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  • I really enjoyed my visit here found everything that I needed to check out was a little slow today so I don't suggest going on a Tuesday shopping at Market Basket but other than that great visit
  • I went here on a school field trip and I enjoyed my time. The bones and history of whaling are all very interesting, and this was a very interactive experience
  • This museum rules. We were so surprised with the amount of info and stuff to see inside, ended up staying far longer than we thought we would. I enjoyed the whale bones and the knot room the most.
  • An absolutely stunning, beautiful museum that I seriously need to get back to some day. Features whale skeletons, a half-scale whaling ship model, figureheads, ship models, historical artifacts and paintings, an awesome scrimshaw collection, and plenty of great local history. Really great, enthusiastic curators Even the gift shop is nice! Worth checking out all the exhibits in detail.
  • What a great picture of history. I came home and read Moby Dick.
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