New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford

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  • This is an amazing NP, lots of great things to see and learn for any age. We had Rufai as our tour guide and he fantastic. Rufai gave us some amazing details about New Bedford and the whaling industry...  more »
  • If you have the time, come see what they have to offer. The place offers history in New Bedford's whaling industry and its impact on New Bedford.  more »
  • Walk back in time, so much information, on the rise of New Bedford and the Whaling period, excellent place to bring the kids!  more »
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  • Anyone who is at all interested in local history should start here. The New Bedford Whaling Museum is located within the National Park area on top of Johnny Cake Hill. Not only is it a great reason to drive into New Bedford for a weekend or day trip, locals love the place too. I have been through the museum many times, starting as a child. The museum contains many unique articles. To start with, an entire skeleton of a small whale floats over the atrium and greets you upon entering. At the other end is a 1/2 scale model of a whaling ship. The model gives a good idea of what these ships were like for the crews and how whales were rendered from blubber to oil. The museum also recently built a new education center, which I have not yet been inside. I'm planning to spend a day down there this summer to check it out.
  • A fun place to learn about the whaling industry. Tip: take time to talk to each of the people that work at the museum. The employees will give you a lot more insight. For example, we learned a great story that had to do with Macy's department store.
  • I might be biased because I grew up in New Bedford, but I really do LOVE what's going on downtown. The shops, restaurants, and activities that have moved in are fantastic. I easily spend a whole day downtown and without breaking the bank. In fact, I often recomend friends from out of town, especially history and art fans, to visit in the summer, and I've never heard a complaint.
  • Great museum, and if you are lucky enough to have a docent show you around do it! Ours was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting.
  • Awesome exibits not just whaling however a fantastic whaling museum. If you are visiting, the admission ticket gets you in for two days. Free parking right out front. Plenty of places to eat within a 2 minute walk. Very interesting.

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