Discover the rich history, art, science, and culture of Southcoast Massachusetts, and New Bedford’s ties to the rest of the world, told through the stories of its people. Surrounded by cobblestone streets once strolled by Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville, the Museum is conveniently located within the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
The Museum’s collections number in excess of 750,000 items, including the world’s largest collections of scrimshaw, whaling logbooks, and journals. After your visit, browse books on maritime, whaling, and local history, as well as unique gifts related to the collection at the Museum’s gift shop.
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Rentals and Events – Click Here to view our rental facilities and grounds. For more information on planning your next special event, please submit an Inquiry Form or contact our Special Events team at 508-997-0046 x. 133.