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New Bedford Whaling Museum Admission

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    What to Expect
    Visit: New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6317

    Surrounded by cobblestone streets overlooking the harbor, Whaling Museum is an easy walk from near-by hotels and restaurants. Park at a two-hour street meter or in the Elm Street Garage. If coming by water, a launch from Pope's Island Marina will connect you with the shore. Free motorcoach parking is available in the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot, 532 Acushnet Avenue.

    The Whaling Museum's copper-covered cupola is visible from many points downtown and from the waterfront. Enter the Museum at the corner of William St. and Johnny Cake Hill. Our friendly Admissions Desk staff will be happy to offer suggestions on how to make the most of your visit based on your interests.

    Tour the Museum on your own, or take one of the public guided tours offered throughout the year. Rent an audio handset at the Admissions Desk to enjoy tours narrated by curators and other experts. A printed visitors' guide will help you navigate through the Museum. Stroll through galleries devoted to whale ecology and conservation, the dramatic history of whaling and its impact, regional social and economic history, and fine and decorative art. Use your mobile phone to bring exhibits to life through augmented reality technology. Place your NFC-enabled Android phone on NFC tags to get expanded content delivered instantly to the palm of your hand.

    You'll marvel at massive whale skeletons, America's longest painting, and the world's largest collection of historical scrimshaw. Climb aboard a half scale model of a 19th century whaling vessel - the Lagoda -the world's largest ship model! Enjoy an exceptional view of the working waterfront from Harbor View Gallery on the upper level.

    Enjoy hands-on learning for all ages throughout the Museum and in the 3,000 sq. ft Casa dos Botes Discovery Center, where you can row an Azorean whaleboat, set sail, spot a whale from the top mast, and learn about navigation. The Discovery Center honors the legacy and heritage of the Portuguese Community. ("Casa dos Botes" is Portuguese for "boat house.")

    Browse the children’s gift kiosk in the Discovery Center (open in the summer and for some public school holidays.) Any day we're open, shop for the perfect souvenir in The White Whale gift shop, located next to the Admissions Desk. You'll find a good selection of books, clothing, toys, jewelry, and gift items.

    Don't miss the Museum's maritime exhibits in the historic Mariners' Home on Johnny Cake Hill. Mariners' Home admission is included in your Whaling Museum ticket price. Right next door is the Seamen's Bethel, made famous in Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick. (Bethel admission is by donation.)

    Ready for a break? Try one of the outstanding restaurants and cafes located within a few blocks of the museum. Didn't see everything? Come back tomorrow - your Whaling Museum admission receipt is good for two consecutive days.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    New Bedford Whaling Museum
    Departure Time
    April through December
    Daily 9am – 5pm
    Select Galleries open until  8pm every second Thursday of the month

    January through March
    Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 4pm
    Sunday 11am – 4pm
    Select Galleries open until 8pm every second Thursday of the month

    Open holiday Mondays, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
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    • Entry/Admission - New Bedford Whaling Museum
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transportation to/from attractions
    • Food and drinks
    • Guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Comfortable clothing and shoes recommended
    • Open holiday Mondays, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    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...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Linda B
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Friendly staff on reception advised us time of next tour and very glad we decided to take them up. Guide had extensive knowledge of the museum and its displays plus some great stories from the sea. Very aware of eco issues and good demonstrations of...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank grahamd00dy
    Reviewed 5 September 2019 via mobile

    Many helpful information, a lot of illustrative material, very interesting movie in the theatre! If possible, take 2-3 hours for your visit (it is also possible with less).

    Thank 253nandas
    Reviewed 2 September 2019

    I was surprised how much our little one loved this museum. In the entry hall, he kept crawling in and out of the whale's heart, which gave me time to explore the rest of the exhibits. We went through the paintings and furnishings quickly, but...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank cecesimms
    Reviewed 28 August 2019

    I brought three grandchildren to the museum and each one reported to their parents about the day. They were surprised at how enthusiastic and excited the children were about the experience. They all highlighted different aspects and are looking forward to a return trip. It...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Kate B
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    Eileen F
    1 October 2019|
    Response from Christopher O | Reviewed this property |
    on street and there are nearby lots
    11 September 2019|
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    Response from llandry69 | Reviewed this property |
    Nope. Just go right in. Never much of a line
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