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



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 this

Visited October 2017
“Even my husband was engrossed for over two hours! There is so much here that it does require more than one visit. The presentation is really well done with lots for all age groups and interests. Certainly one of the best museums I have been to in a long time, and I do go to quite a few. I would plan on including it in any trip. There is no cafe at the museum but there are a couple nearby that close at 4:30.”


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!”


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, artifacts, 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.”

Last modified: November 14, 2017