18 Johnny Cake Hill,
New Bedford, MA 02740-6398


If you're interested in whales or whale-life, this is the place for you. This is the world's foremost museum devoted to the historic interaction of humans with whales worldwide. The exhibits range in terms of biology, commerce, history, and anthropology.
Make sure to go all the way up to the top floor and walk out on the balcony patio area to enjoy a great panoramic view or New Bedford.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a renowned museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts that showcases the history and culture of the whaling industry, which played a significant role in the region's development in the 19th century.

The museum is home to an extensive collection of artifacts, artwork, and historical documents that detail the history of whaling and its impact on the economy, technology, and culture of New England. The centerpiece of the museum is a life-sized model of the whale ship Lagoda, which was built in New Bedford in 1916 and sailed the waters of the South Pacific before being retired in 1927.

Visitors to the museum can explore a wide variety of exhibits and galleries, including:

New Bedford Whaling Museum
  1. The Whaling Industry - This exhibit showcases the tools, equipment, and techniques used by whalers in the 19th century, as well as the economic and cultural impact of the industry on New England and the world.
  2. Whales - This exhibit provides an in-depth look at the biology and behavior of whales, as well as their role in global ecosystems and human history.
  3. Maritime Art and Artifacts - The museum's extensive collection of maritime art includes paintings, sculptures, and other artwork that depict life at sea, as well as a variety of historical artifacts such as navigational instruments, ship models, and scrimshaw carvings.
  4. Herman Melville - New Bedford was the inspiration for the setting of Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby-Dick," and the museum features a gallery dedicated to the author and his work.
  5. The Lagoda - The museum's life-sized model of the whale ship Lagoda is a must-see attraction, offering visitors a glimpse into the daily life of whalers on board a ship.

In addition to its exhibits and galleries, the New Bedford Whaling Museum offers a variety of educational programs and events, including lectures, workshops, and school programs. The museum also has a gift shop and a cafe that serves locally sourced food.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a fascinating and educational destination for anyone interested in the history and culture of the whaling industry, as well as the role of New England in shaping American history and culture.


For more information call (508) 997-0046


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