New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, New Bedford

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  • The Whaling Museum is the major attraction here. The town has interesting markers scattered about. The Visitor Center has some interesting exhibits and provides a good overview of the whaling industry...  more »
  • Andrew, the park ranger who led the free tour, was superb - extremely knowledgeable, friendly, a great story teller. Don't miss this!  more »
  • The ladies at the visitor center were very helpful. Unfortunately we arrived 45 minutes before closing. We saw a sign on the freeway and decided to stop. There is so much to see. This could be a half ...  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.