New Bedford Whaling Museum Announces Closure in Response to Coronavirus Concern

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.

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Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
508-997-0046 Ext. 140
619-244-0392 (cell)


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. 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. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children ages three and under; adults $19, seniors (65+) $17, students (19+) $12, child and youth $9. For more information visit