What People are Saying

Read what some of our visitors are saying on Tripadvisor. Write a review here.
Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in New Bedford.


Visitor Rating

TripAdvisor chart 2019

2019 Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor


A Gem in New England

Visited January 2020
“If you’ve ever wanted to travel to a true New England Town go to New Bedford Massachusetts with its cobblestone streets, micro breweries, and fresh seafood from fishing boats that bring in the catch each day. Located in the heart of downtown, in the National Historic Park is the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It tells the history of the whaling fleets, and how New Bedford developed as a melting pot for immigrants from around the world, including being part of the Underground Railroad that offered slaves freedom. You get a unique opportunity to get a glimpse of Americana all within easy driving distance of Boston. An affordable family day trip you should not miss.”


Fascinating Historical Museum

Visited November 2019
“Fascinating whaling museum with the largest actual ship model in the country. The Portuguese who settled early in the area were primarily from the Azores and a section of the museum focuses on their immigration and presence in the whaling industry. Wonderful whale skeletons hanging from the ceilings! Would highly recommend for all ages. The gift shop has exquisite choices as well as T shirts, etc.”


Knocked our socks off!

Visited October 2019
“The New Bedford Whaling Museum is one of the best museums we’ve ever been to. Between informative videos about whales and the multi-cultural nature of the experiences gleaned by whalers, the huge models of whales (kids can go through a life-size whale’s heart), a scrimshaw collection par excellence, and a half-size whale boat you can walk on made this a most memorable place. Don’t miss it.”


Interesting and educational place

Visited July 2019
“This museum is a fun and educational place to visit. It is in the heart of one of the biggest fishing villages in New England. Out back on their outside deck, you can experience 180-degree view of New Bedford Harbor. The museum has 3,000 pieces of scrimshaw and 2,500 logbooks from whaling ships-both largest in the world. The museum also has the largest model ship in the world that you can climb on and see first hand. They have a wonderful Cape Verdean Maritime Exhibit, Azorean Whaleman Gallery and one of the largest skeleton of a whale and a model of its heart. Great place to visit!”


I love this place. Maritime history + Art

Visited May 2019
“A great museum. A great balanced combination of art, industry and history. Take a tour or wonder on your own. Surprises abound on every corner.”


Moby-Dick Marathon

Visited January 2019
“Just attended the 26 hour reading of Moby-Dick. Standing room only. Saw the support of the museum staff and many volunteers who love this museum; I especially like the Lagoda Room with the 1/2 size model of a whale ship and the actual whale boats used to chase whales. It is really best to visit several times and take it in with small bites rather than all at once since there is so much to see.”