New Bedford Whaling Museum Announces Closure in Response to Coronavirus Concern
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New Bedford Whaling Museum Announces Closure in Response to Coronavirus Concern

March 13, 2020

Campus will be closed to the public through March 27

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. —Due to the growing concerns related to the coronavirus, the New Bedford Whaling Museum has decided to close the New Bedford Whaling Museum to the public effective immediately. There have not been any reported cases of infection or exposure at the Museum, but the Museum is responding with an abundance of caution for the wellbeing of the community. The safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers is the top priority. The Museum will remain closed through 3/27/2020 and continual assessments of risk levels and recommendations from public health officials will be made as they become available.

The security of our campus and Collection will remain a priority for the Museum during this time.

While the Museum will remain closed to the public, essential staff will continue to work both on and off site, maintaining recommended public health measures, including thorough handwashing and use of hand sanitizers, and, most importantly, practicing social distancing.

Please go to for the most up-to-date information.

Evan England
Managing Director, NAIL[PR]
(401) 753-5588

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Whaling Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit