What People are Saying

Read what some of our visitors are saying on Tripadvisor. Write a review here.
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in New Bedford


Visitor Rating

Trip Advisor Rating Chart from July 2017


Certificate of Excellence 2017


Don’t miss this!

Visited March 2018
“Never knew how little I knew about the whaling industry! Wonderful experience. Be sure to take a tour.”


This museum is awesome!

Visited January 2018
“We loved this museum so much. The exhibits are huge and amazing – especially the various whale skeletons. We did the audio tour so we learned a ton about each exhibit. The museum is so big that we ran out of steam before we could see the whole thing. Oh, and it’s easy to park and right across the street from a church where Herman Melville used to go. Highly recommended.”


Surprisingly Great Museum – Better than Expected

Visited December 2017
“My wife and are are history buffs, and we have been to many museums. Friends of ours said to visit this one, but we did not have high expectations based upon other whaling museums we had visited in the past. WOW. This place is huge. An entire city block with multiple floors of exhibits. Whaling made New Bedford a very wealthy community in the past, and this museum benefits from having extensive collections, art and history related to New Bedford’s “golden age”. We strongly recommend this museum to any who are interested in sailing, nautical and maritime history, marine biology and sea life. A half day is barely enough time to race through all the exhibits, you could easily spend an entire day here.”



Visited November 2017
“A Most Impressive Experience. A Thorough Accounting. Returned a 2nd day to ensure nothing was missed. Knowledgeable, helpful and polite staff.”


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.”


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!”

Last modified: March 14, 2018