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New Bedford: Whaling Museum Admission Ticket

Product ID: 281302
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Dive into the world of whales at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where you can learn about the history of human interaction with whales, the biology and behavior of whales, marine mammal conservation, and the history of South Coast Massachusetts.
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  • Marvel at massive whale skeletons and encounter the science and technology used to study whales
  • Climb on board the world's largest ship model and get a sense of life at sea
  • See extraordinary art from around the world and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of South Coast Massachusetts
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Surrounded by cobblestone streets overlooking the harbor, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is nestled inside the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, an easy walk from nearby hotels and restaurants. Enter the museum at the corner of William St. and Johnny Cake Hill then head to the admissions desk where the museum staff will be happy to offer suggestions on how to make the most of your visit based on your interests.

Tour the museum at your own pace, or take one of the public guided tours offered throughout the year. Rent an audio handset at the admissions desk and listen to tours narrated by curators and other experts. There’s also a handy visitors’ guide to help you navigate through the museum. Stroll through galleries devoted to whale biology, behavior, and conservation, the dramatic history of whaling and its impacts, regional social and economic history, and fine and decorative art featuring works by internationally known artists as well as regional talents.

Marvel at massive whale skeletons, a life-size model of a blue whale heart, America's longest painting (digital replica), and the world's largest collection of historical scrimshaw. Climb aboard a half scale model of a 19th century whaling vessel and admire an exceptional view of the working waterfront from the Harbor View Gallery on the upper level. Enjoy hands-on learning for all ages throughout the museum and in the 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.

At the end of your trip, shop for the perfect souvenir in The White Whale gift shop, located next to the admissions desk. If you’re feeling hungry, you can also dine at one of the outstanding restaurants and cafes located within a few blocks of the museum. If you didn't see everything in one day, don’t worry, your museum admission receipt can be used for two consecutive days.
  • Entrance fees are included in the price
  • Audio guide players are free for visitors who are blind, partially sighted, or have hearing loss
  • Free lockers are provided
What’s Not Included
  • Audio guide players can be rented at the admissions desk for $3.00 per set

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Meeting point

Visitors enter the Whaling Museum from the plaza at the corner of Johnny Cake Hill and William Street.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Flash photography
Know before you go
• The New Bedford Whaling Museum is accessible to those using walking aids, including wheelchairs
• Children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult
• You may photograph without flash, videotape, and make artistic sketches for non-commercial and personal use only, unless otherwise posted
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New Bedford Whaling Museum

Product ID: 281302