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 highly recommend the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The four of us spent a delightful 3 hours visiting this museum last week. The exhibits were very good and the staff was knowledgable and friendly.  more »
  • It is a nice Museum, the skeletons of whales and the boat they have inside the Museum are impressive, highly recommended, the people are very kind.
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  • We had a wonderful time visiting this beautiful museum. The highlight was the time spent with a volunteer, Michael Taylor, discussing the the life on the whaling ships as well as the evolution of the ...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum. Loaded with information and items on the whaling industry and on New Bedford in general. Seemed like the place just kept going, so much to see.
  • Wonderful museum of the history of whaling. Includes the world's largest model ship, a half-scale whaling bark, and an incredible scrimshaw collection.
  • Great museum with a lot to see. It looks newly renovated and they have enough different things to keep you interested. Staff was friendly and tickets were reasonable. It's in a nice historic section of New Bedford where you can walk afterwards weather permitting. Also good food options within walking distance.
  • Great place for grandchildren and children too. But be sure to go without young ones at some point so you can really read the history. Just fascinating. Hands on experiences are good for school ages kids but even four and five year olds love the ship. Killing a whale is challenge to explain to a young one.....
  • I was amazed at how much there is to see at this museum. We spent four hours, and there was so much I didn't see. There are exhibits about whales and why they were hunted, about where the whalers traveled, art from the time, and much more. Huge whale skeletons hang in the lobby. I will certainly be returning.

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