What People are Saying
Certificate of Excellence 2016
Visited July 2016
“This place was wonderful! The history, the art, the photos! The whale skeletons were awesome! There was a little bit of everything, including a balcony view of the harbor!! If you’re in or around New Bedford, take a look! You won’t be sorry!! There is even a full size whaling ship on the second floor! We loved it!!”
Visited May 2016
“It is an outstanding museum that shows all of the aspects of the Whaling industry and life that came with it during its hay day. Totally recommend this as an experience for all ages. Totally worth the price of admission.”
The Consumate Destination for Whaling History
Visited March 2016
“I last time I visited was as a youngster with my grandfather 66 years ago. All I remembered was the model of a whaling ship that I could board. And after all these years, there it was! The museum has expanded significantly since then with outstanding exhibits about whaling, and New Bedford, from A to Z. This area of New Bedford has been beautifully restored, right down to the cobblestone streets. Excellent restaurants, (great food, fair prices) are nearby. I will return soon!”
A Wonderful Experience
Visited February 2016
“My wife brought me here. We had free tickets, since we live @ The lofts at Wamsutta Place. They provide free tickets, as a “perk”! I was so impressed by the Museum and the informative displays. Such rich History not only about Whaling, but about The Wampanoag Indians, King Philips War, The Acushnet River Basin and surrounding area, and New Bedford in general. The Whale Skeletons are magnificent, Harpoons and Memorabilia wondrous.”
Great Museum in a Charming Area
Visited December 2015
“This is a museum focused on the whaling industry and all its ramifications. As such you can see the skeletons of whole whales, learn about types of whales, the sounds they make and what threatens them. You can also see a reconstruction (half size) of a wooden whaling ship, learn how whales were hunted and why. You can also learn about the history of this part of New England and the role of the fishing industry. The exhibits are quite extensive. There is a huge amount to read. I could have spent 3 hours reading. The museum has also done a nice job of making the exhibits “relevant” or current. They remind you about the religious intolerance that was the basis of different colonies in New England and in turn, their intolerance of dissenters. The museum is set in a charming restored section of New Bedford that is wonderful and there is a gallery on the top floor overlooking the harbor to remind you that this is a real seaport. I am embarrassed how often I have driven through this town without stopping. This is definitely worth more than one visit.”
Fantastic collection of whaling and industry related artifacts!
Reviewed November 20, 2015
“Three visits over several years. Recently spent four hours browsing unbelievable collections, antiques, whaling history, and a great exhibit on New Bedford manufacturing. Excellent value.”
Mesmerizing for the whole family
Reviewed August 19, 2015
“Wow. First off, does this place even need another fabulous review? Stop reading reviews and just go. My husband and I stopped here with our kids (11 and 9) while on our family vacation to Boston from the Midwest. The kids were absolutely awe-struck by the whale skeletons, boats, scrimshaw collection, and other artifacts and exhibits. Our tour guide, Jennifer R., was very knowledgeable and down to earth and gave us a wonderful tour of the museum. She kept our kids’ attention and we all learned a great deal about the whaling industry. Do yourself a favor and be sure to watch the short video about New Bedford’s vital role in whaling’s history. We could have spent an entire day wandering through the exhibits. Bravo, New Bedford Whaling Museum!”
A whale of a museum experience – not to be missed
Reviewed July 1, 2015
“This is perhaps the most thoughtfully and thoroughly curated museum you will attend.
Fossils, ship models, dioramas, timelines, maps and manuscripts, electronic displays, period clothing, historic implements and interactive elements serve to integrate the story of whaling within the context of history, commerce, geo-politics and the growth of the New World. While grated from others and grown in New Bedford the story of whaling reaches the Azores to the south Pacific and back and the New Bedford Whaling Museum delivers the most complete trip across a knowledge spectrum as a museum is able.
The facility encourages meandering and behind the next door is an exhibit unlike the previous. Growth is in the cards as an adjacent building in under reconstruction for expansion. Don’t miss the second floor outside deck with the ‘postcard view’ of the New Bedford Harbor, unchanged for the past 100 years.
A gift shop, auditorium and event space completes the scene of an ideal facility.”
A Master Class in Whaling History
Reviewed January 9, 2015
“The history of whaling comes alive with a 1/2 scale model of a whaling ship, art, photos and memorabilia from whalers, and a retrospective view of the importance and impacts of the whaling industry. Yes, protection and preservation are represented as well. You’ll see scale models of whales, boats, equipment and learn the stories of the people who held this challenging profession. Did you know that many runaway slaves worked on whale ships to escape their potential captors… now you do! Learn more at the museum. The beautiful museum was funded by the family of whale ship owners, so the bent is on the importance of this activity during its heyday. You’ll learn about the international whaling industry and the transition of Port of New Bedford to America’s #1 Fishing Port (who knew?) Finally – talk with the docents. They gave us excellent information that added color to the exhibits.”
Last modified: July 5, 2016