New Bedford Whaling Museum

Explore the SouthCoast region’s centuries-old relationship with the sea and the many people who contributed to its dynamic past and diverse present.

Once the whaling capital of the world, New Bedford is now America’s #1 commercial fishing port. Discover the world’s largest, most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the New Bedford Whaling Museum complex features five magnificent whale skeletons, a walk-on 1/2 scale ship model of the bark Lagoda, and 23 galleries devoted to art, history and science. For more information, visit

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