What People are Saying

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Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in New Bedford


Visitor Rating

Trip Advisor Rating Chart 2018



Certificate of Excellence 2017


A lot more than whales

Visited June 2018
“There is a lot to see here, whether your interest is art, history, science, or culture. Great stuff for kids! It was a little overwhelming–in a good way–to take in a half-scale ship model that you can climb around on, displays of ship’s logbooks and loads of scrimshaw, art from cultures around the world that the whalers encountered, work from local photographers, painters, and glass makers, and those massive whale skeletons. You can focus on your main interests, or go for it–take it all in!”


Great Experience

Visited May 2018
“The history of the whaling industry…the history of New Bedford and how it was the center of “the world” all unfolds here. Great guides. Great experience. Good for adults and children. Local shops nearby. Many great eateries with local fare all within easy walk.”


A whale of an experience

Visited April 2018
“Spent two days at the museum. The staff were so accommodating, knowledgeable and friendly. Learned so much about the whaling industry and some of the personalities associated with it. The modern day research and what is being done to ‘save the whales’ was both informative and reassuring.”


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.”


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.”