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

Tripadvisor chart 2017


Certificate of Excellence 2016


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!”


Beautiful museum packed with information!

Visited January 2017
“You will love spending time in the Whaling Museum and only wish you had more time. This museum has an array of captivating and beautifully designed exhibits, large and small for all ages. It takes a number of visits to take it all in. Plan to be delighted!”



Visited December 2016
“Great museum covering a romantic era of American history, but be prepared for the reality, too. Allow plenty of time – it is easy to spend all day here. Learn about whales, whaling vessels and the industry, see some great art, learn about Irish uprisings – it’s all here.”


Allow at least a couple hours

Visited November 2016
“What a great museum! I am not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised with things such as their decorative arts exhibits and paintings. The scrimshaw was beautiful. The building is also very interesting. We only had about an hour, and I would have loved more time to look at all the exhibits more thoroughly.”


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, artefacts, 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.”


Fascinating Museum

Visited August 2016
“One of the greatest museums I’ve ever visited. So many details on the New England industry of days gone by. Fun for the whole family, as the ship pictured is made for children to explore. There are artifacts such as harpoons, clothing, taxidermy arctic animals, whale skeletons, and so many things to enjoy. I’ve been to the different Smithsonians in DC, and this gives them a good run for their money. Highly recommend.”


 The Consummate 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!”


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!”



Last modified: April 4, 2017