New Bedford Whaling National
33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
WELCOME to New Bedford Whaling
National Historic Park
The City That Lit the World
New Bedford was the mid 19th century�s
preeminent whaling port and for a time �the richest city in the
world.� Come stroll down cobblestone streets, visit the world�s
largest whaling museum, tour a whaling merchant�s home and whale-man's chapel, and walk a 19th century schooner�s decks. Walk in
the footsteps of Herman Melville and Frederick Douglass and learn
about a remarkable era.
Start your visit at the national park visitor
center to get a brief orientation, view the park's official
orientation film, The City that Lit the World, pick up maps and
brochures, view exhibits and plan your day.
Take a guided or self-guided tour to learn more
about New Bedford's fascinating history, visit our partner
institutions, attend special programs and events that take place in
the park year round and explore the many shops, restaurants and
galleries located in and around the park.
Partner sites include the New Bedford Whaling
Museum, Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, Seamen's Bethel,
Waterfront Visitor Center and Schooner Ernestina.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's
preeminent whaling museum and houses special collections, long-term
and changing exhibits, rare whale skeletons, a half-scale model of a
whaling bark and much more...
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
This 28 room Greek Revival mansion was built in
1834 and chronicles 150 years of economic, social and domestic life in
New Bedford. The museum is open to the public and hosts house and
garden tours, special exhibits annually, and an assortment of special
Known as the Whalemen's Chapel in Herman
Melville's Moby-Dick, today the Seamen's Bethel serves as a
memorial to whalemen and fishermen who have lost their lives at sea.
The Bethel is open to the public Memorial Day through Columbus day.
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