New Bedford Whaling Museum

  • Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740-6398
(508) 997-0046
(508) 997-0018 (fax)
Hours:
May-Sept: 9am-5pm
October-April: Tues-Sat 9am-4pm & Sun 11am-4 pm
Full details at: whalingmuseum.o

About Us

Discover the largest Whaling Museum in the world, dedicated to the global interaction of humans and whales. Located in the heart of a National Historic Park, the museum complex features five read more
  • About

    Discover the largest Whaling Museum in the world, dedicated to the global interaction of humans and whales. Located in the heart of a National Historic Park, the museum complex features five magnificent whale-skeletons, a walk-on 1/2 scale ship model of the bark Lagoda and 15 galleries devoted to maritime art, history and science.

    Explore the region's centuries-old relationship with the sea and the many people who contributed to its dynamic past and diverse present. Once the whaling capital of the world, New Bedford is now America's #1 commercial fishing port.

    Learn how the pursuit of whales was essential to the economy of a young nation. Learn about immigration as an American maritime presence was projected around the world. See how science today is helping to protect these magnificent marine animals.

  • Highlights

    • 5 complete whale skeletons
    • World's largest ship model
    • 15 galleries devoted to maritime art, history and science
    • Over 90,000 people through the Museum doors each year
    • Curriculum based programs for K-12
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  • Whom to Contact

    • James Russell
      President