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Located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum you can discover the underwater world of whales, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the art, history, science, and culture of Southcoast Massachusetts .

VISIT THE NEW BEDFORD WHALING MUSEUM

New Bedford Whaling Museum Highlights

Hours

Museum and Gift Shop
Open Daily: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Reading Room & Library
Tuesday through Friday
By appointment only
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact Mark Procknik, Librarian, at (508) 717-6834 or mprocknik@whalingmuseum.org.

Discover the underwater world of whales, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the art, history, science, and culture of Southcoast Massachusetts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum – located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Marvel at five massive whale skeletons, the world’s largest ship model (Lagoda), and America’s longest painting. Explore whale science and conservation, learn how Yankee whalers sailed the seven seas, enjoy works by internationally known artists as well as regional rising stars.

Tickets

Admission

General admission tickets are available for purchase online or in person. Discounted admission tickets can only be purchased onsite. Each ticket is valid for the Museum's entire operating hours on any given day.

Ticket Type Price
All Members FREE
Adults $19
Senior (65+) $17
Students (19+) $12
Children & Youth $9
Children 3 & Under FREE

Become a Member

Members enjoy free admission year-round and many other benefits. Before you purchase your admission ticket, CONSIDER BECOMING A MEMBER!

Extend Your Admission

At the admissions desk, you can extend your admission for an additional $6 and include the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum.

Ways to Save

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is proud to offer several discounted or free admission programs to individuals, families, and groups. Visit our Ways to Save page to find out more.

Parking

Metered Street Parking

Metered street parking is available throughout the central business district (downtown), curbside parking is available for hourly-metered parking. Free two-hour parking is available along Johnny Cake Hill.

Parking Garage

The Elm Street Garage is conveniently located at 51 Elm Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 - only two blocks from the Whaling Museum and one block from the National Park Visitor Center. Vehicle height limit: 6’3″.

Directions to Elm Street Parking Garage: From I-195, take Exit 26 (formerly Exit 15) for Route 18 South – Downtown. Take RIGHT at the first traffic light onto Elm Street. The Elm Street Garage is ahead approximately 500 feet on your RIGHT.

Tours

Daily Highlights Tours - 11:00AM

Tour the Whaling Museum with one of our docents to see the "can't miss" exhibits and hear stories about the people, places, creatures, and history of Southeast Massachusetts. Highlights Tours are free for Whaling Museum members and are included in the price of admission for other visitors. Tours are 45 - 60 minutes. Meet near the reception area inside the main entrance.

Group Tours

For groups of 10 or more people, book your visit through our group tour reservation form. For more information on groups rates, please visit our rates and reservations page.

Looking for a K-12 school or program group rate? Please schedule your group through our school group registration form. Visit our field trip information page or our rates and reservations page for more information.

Audio Tours

Audio tours add depth and understanding to your visit, as narrated by our curators and subject matter experts. All audio tours are FREE and accessible online using your personal internet-connected devices. Free wifi is available throughout the Museum for your convenience. We recommend that you bring your own headphones to enjoy the tours.

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What Can I Expect?

Expect the unexpected

As a compelling destination that anchors a national park and vibrant urban seaport, the New Bedford Whaling Museum encourages exploration of our region’s cultural, artistic, historic, and scientific contributions. A keeper of the region’s collective memory, the Museum preserves a communal story of the many who settled in the “city that lit the world” and of those who keep the light shining brightly today.

At the New Bedford Whaling Museum, you will discover the underwater world of whales, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the maritime history of Massachusetts’ south coast.

Marvel at five massive whale skeletons, the world’s largest ship model (Lagoda), and America’s longest painting. Explore whale science and conservation, learn how Yankee whalers sailed the seven seas, and enjoy works by internationally known artists and regional talents.

The “New Normal” During COVID-19

Since the global COVID-19 pandemic, the New Bedford Whaling Museum has adopted new policies and procedures to help ensure the health and safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers.

Masks and Face Coverings

The Whaling Museum is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance regarding mask wearing as it relates to community transmission levels. Based on CDC data for Bristol County, the Whaling Museum encourages masks for visitors and staff. We will continue to monitor the CDC data tracker for any changes in community transmission levels.

Around-the-clock cleaning & air purification

In addition to around-the-clock cleaning and disinfecting routines, the Museum has installed UVC air purification systems throughout the building, which reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.

Plenty of space in the galleries

Gallery capacity limits remain at 50% of normal capacity, so there is plenty of room for social distancing. Structural changes to the Museum’s entrance and exit are complete, and protective plexiglass shields have been installed at key locations. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the Museum as well.

Accessibility

The Whaling Museum entrance and galleries are accessible to people using wheelchairs and walking aids. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the first floor.

The Whaling Museum welcomes Service Dogs.

For questions about accessibility, contact our Visitor Experience team at 508-997-0046 x100 or access@whalingmuseum.org.

MUSEUM POLICIES

  • No backpacks, packages, oversized bags or umbrellas are allowed in the Museum. Free lockers      are available near the Admission Desk.
  • Children under 14 years musts be accompanied by an adult.
  • Food and drink are only allowed in the Museum's lobby and Harbor View Gallery.
  • Do not touch the art or historical artifacts on display. If you are not sure if you can touch - ask a     Museum volunteer or staff member.
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