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New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford Whaling Museum Review

Established in 1903, this is the world's largest museum of its kind. A highlight is the skeleton of a 66-foot blue whale, one of only three on view anywhere. An interactive exhibit lets you listen to the underwater sounds of whales, dolphins, and other sea life—plus the sounds of a thunderstorm and a whale-watching boat—as a whale might hear them. You can also peruse the collection of scrimshaw, visit exhibits on regional history, and climb aboard an 89-foot, half-scale model of the 1826 whaling ship Lagoda—the world's largest ship model. A small chapel across the street from the museum is the one described in Moby-Dick.

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  • Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 | Map It
  • Phone: 508/997–0046
  • Cost: $14
  • Hours: May–Sept., daily 9-5, Oct.–Apr. Tues.–Sat. 9–4; Sun. 11–4
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  • Location: New Bedford
Updated: 11-07-2013

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