New Bedford Whaling Museum

Number one top attraction in New Bedford: The New Bedford Whaling Museum. It is a world-renowned museum that brings to life the rich history of the whaling industry in New Bedford during the 19th century. Located in the heart of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park in Downtown New Bedford, the Museum features interactive exhibits, including the world’s largest whaling ship model; displays of fine and decorative arts; collections of cultural artifacts, rare antiquities, scrimshaw and logbooks; and five whale skeletons including the rare blue and northern right. A must-visit in New Bedford!




Herman Melville, who worked in New Bedford as a whaler, wrote one of the greatest American’s literature: the novel Moby-Dick and published it in 1851; the city would be the initial setting of the book, including a scene set in the Seaman’s Bethel, which still stands today (free with suggested donation).


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