What People are Saying

Read what some of our visitors are saying on Tripadvisor. Write a review here.
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in New Bedford


Visitor Rating

Trip Advisor Rating Chart from July 2017


Certificate of Excellence 2017


Don’t Miss the Rooftop!

Visited August 2017
“I grew up in New Bedford and live close by. I didn’t realize what an amazing museum I have in my own backyard. We visited on a recent Saturday to see the display of the Ashley Knot collection. I hope the museum can gain permanent possession of these knots. It was a beautiful display. I haven’t been here in a long time and I was so impressed by the sheer amount of quality displays in this museum. I heard the roof deck was spectacular and I have never been up there. Don’t miss it! It affords a spectacular view of the water front and beyond. That is not to be missed. I’m so proud to have a museum like this close to home and I hope those who visit can appreciate the displays and the all this museum has to offer.”


A Must-See When Visiting New Bedford!

Visited July 2017
“The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a ‘must-see’ attraction when visiting New Bedford, MA. It is a beautiful museum where one can learn about the whaling industry, as well as its influences on the area’s culture. One may view several whale skeletons and also the Lagoda, the world’s largest ship model. Don’t miss the two upper balconies which offer panoramic views of the New Bedford Harbor and its fishing fleet. On our most recent visit, pastry, soup, salad, premade sandwiches, and beverages were available on the upper floor, provided by the nearby Tia Maria’s Restaurant.”


Don’t Miss This Gem of a New England Museum

Visited May 2017
“The museum focuses on the history of whaling with a half size model of a true whaling ship dominating the displays. The ropes, sails, everything is authentic. The museum was built by one of New Bedford’s last whaling families in the early 1900s as the last of the whaling ships were taking their final voyages. You can look out the windows at the harbor and almost imagine what it was like. Don’t miss the Bethel across the street where Melville once attended. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Plan at least two hours.”


First Place I Take Guests

Visited April 2017
“The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a national treasure, chronicling the rich history of whaling when New Bedford was the city that lit the world. This world class museum is worth several hours on a visit to one of America’s great port cities.”


Amazing staff, exhibits, and memorabilia

Visited February 2017
“I’ve taken my kids (3 and 4) here twice, and they love the museum. The staff is always on hand to answer any questions, engage the kids, lend a helping hand, and offer knowledge about the exhibits and the museum. There is a lot of exhibits to offer a wide variety of interests and ages. Can’t say enough wonderful things about it!”


Beautiful museum packed with information!

Visited January 2017
“You will love spending time in the Whaling Museum and only wish you had more time. This museum has an array of captivating and beautifully designed exhibits, large and small for all ages. It takes a number of visits to take it all in. Plan to be delighted!”



Visited December 2016
“Great museum covering a romantic era of American history, but be prepared for the reality, too. Allow plenty of time – it is easy to spend all day here. Learn about whales, whaling vessels and the industry, see some great art, learn about Irish uprisings – it’s all here.”


Allow at least a couple hours

Visited November 2016
“What a great museum! I am not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with things such as their decorative arts exhibits and paintings. The scrimshaw was beautiful. The building is also very interesting. We only had about an hour, and I would have loved more time to look at all the exhibits more thoroughly.”


Well Worth It

Visited October 2016
“We were captivated by the New Bedford Whaling Museum! Although the name might suggest it is all about whaling, which for some is a politically sensitive topic, looking beyond the name will help visitors see some marvelous art, artefacts, models, and get to learn about maritime life in both New Bedford and areas related to its history, such as the Azores. You need at least 2 hours to see everything here, and to take in the richness and variety if its superb collection.”


Fascinating Museum

Visited August 2016
“One of the greatest museums I’ve ever visited. So many details on the New England industry of days gone by. Fun for the whole family, as the ship pictured is made for children to explore. There are artifacts such as harpoons, clothing, taxidermy arctic animals, whale skeletons, and so many things to enjoy. I’ve been to the different Smithsonians in DC, and this gives them a good run for their money. Highly recommend.”

Last modified: August 4, 2017