Welcome Back!

Things are a little different at the New Bedford Whaling Museum as we offer you the chance to explore science, art, history, and culture, while keeping you and Museum staff and volunteers safe.

Museum Winter Hours

Thursday – Sunday 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Online ticketing and timed admissions

In an effort to better manage the flow of crowds and maximize the ability for you to social distance, the Museum has instituted a timed admission system. You will need to choose a two-hour block of time for your visit. 


What to expect

  • 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.
  • A newly designed path through the Museum has been designed to allow the most space possible for visitors to social distance throughout their visit.
  • Structural changes to the Museum’s entrance and exit have  been made and protective plexiglass shields have been installed at key locations.
  • The maximum capacity of the Museum is set at 125 people (25% of total capacity).

Museum Rules

1. Face coverings required
2. Stay at least 6 feet away from others
3. Wash your hands or use sanitizing stations located throughout the Museum
4. Follow the new directional signs in the Museum

Travel restrictions 

There may be travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19. Before you visit the Museum, please review any Massachusetts travel restrictions HERE.


We are here to answer any questions you might have leading up to your visit. 

Email admissions@whalingmuseum.org

Call 508-997-0046 ext. 100