Adult & Family Groups

What to expect on your group visit

Your group of ten or more can explore whale ecology, marine mammal conservation, the dramatic story of whaling and its impact, and the maritime and social history of Southcoast Massachusetts at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Surrounded by cobblestone streets once strolled by Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, the Museum is conveniently located within the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Marvel at massive whale skeletons. Learn how Yankee whalers sailed the seven seas and see how famous maritime artists portrayed their voyages.Discover how scientific research is revealing today’s world of whales. See conservation of America’s longest painting – now in progress. Enjoy hands-on family fun in the Museum’s Casa dos Botes Discovery Center, and climb aboard the world’s largest ship model, the Lagoda – a half-scale model of a 19th century whaling vessel.

  • Your admission receipt is good for two consecutive days and includes the historic Mariners’ Home located across the street on Johnny Cake Hill.
  • See the Museum on your own, or take a guided tour with one of our docents. Tours are typically 60-90 minutes and can include one or more topics of your choice.
  • By special arrangement and subject to availability, we can provide customized experiences and tours, and expert speaker presentations. Speakers can be booked for off-site presentations as well as presentations at the Museum. For more information contact or call 508-997-0046 ext. 185.



To receive a group discount or to arrange a group tour, advance reservations are required and should be made at least two weeks in advance. To reserve contact or call 508-997-0046 ext. 185. 

To arrange an express lunch or review catering options, contact or call 508-717-6833.


Group Rates

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View Student/School Group rates.


Catering & Dining Options

We can cater an express lunch for your group through Russell Morin Fine Catering & Events. To learn more contact or call 508-717-6833.

Snacks are sold in the Museum’s gift shop, The White Whale.

Try one of the many outstanding restaurants located within a few blocks of the Museum.


Bus & Motorcoach Parking

Free bus and motorcoach parking is available in the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot at 532 Acushnet Ave New Bedford, MA.

After dropping off passengers at the Museum, proceed to the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot until passengers are ready to be picked up.


Payments & Cancellation Policy

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