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New Bedford: Whaling Museum Admission Ticket

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23 reviews

New Bedford: Whaling Museum Admission Ticket

From $19 per person

Explore the rich history, art, science, and culture of Southcoast Massachusetts and New Bedford, told through the stories of its people. Dive into whale biology, ecology and behavior, and marine mammal conservation.

About this ticket

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 2 hours
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Host or greeter
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at massive whale skeletons
  • Encounter the science and technology used to study whales
  • See the world's largest ship model
  • Get a sense of life at sea on a 19th-century whaleship
  • Travel around the world via the incredible “Grand Panorama”
Full description
Surrounded by cobblestone streets overlooking the working waterfront, 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. We have staff and volunteers in the galleries to answer questions. Tap into audio guides on your mobile phone using a link on our website. 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 contemporary and historic regional talents. Marvel at massive whale skeletons, a life-size model of a blue whale heart, a digital replica of America's longest painting, and the world's largest collection of historical scrimshaw. You'll be amazed by the Lagoda, a half-scale model of a 19th century whaling vessel. Admire an exceptional view of the working waterfront from the Harbor View Gallery on the upper level. See the many faces of New Bedford life and industry through the centuries. Learn about the region's ties to the rest of the world: Japan, Europe, Cabo Verde, the Azores and beyond. 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.
Includes
  • Timed-entry ticket to the Whaling Museum
  • Audio guide players can be rented at the admissions desk for $3.00 per set
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Enter at the corner of Johnny Cake Hill and William Street, where you will see a giant orange squid.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Flash photography

Know before you go

  • Visits to the museum are limited to 2 hours unless under capacity.
  • Due to ongoing COVID-19 preventative measures, boarding the Lagoda is not currently permitted.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

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  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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Excellent! This spot is definitely worth your time and money, there is so much to see! I recommend parking at the Prince Henry the Navigator Park. There is plenty of parking there, it’s free, and it’s only about a mile away from the museum. The walk between the park and the museum is really nice as it is located on an island in the middle of New Bedford Harbor and is connected to the mainland by the bridge so it has a great view of the water and the city.

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