What People are Saying

Read what some of our visitors are saying on Tripadvisor.

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Certificate of Excellence 2013

“Museum at the Top of Johnny Cake Hill”

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2013
"Excellent museum to visit. Loads of historical items and stories of New Bedford's grand past as the whaling city capital of the world. Many artifacts collected over the years such as whale bone, whale teeth, ship's log, harpoons and such. Narratives of the trials of the whalemen also abound. The replica ship Lagoda is also a must see."


“Amazing, accurate, even inspiring.”

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 13, 2013
Not just a museum detailing the history of whaling, but full of ample knowledge on whale life history, research, and conservation, as well as boat history, and even life in the northeast - like the rise in glass making with the sales of whale oil for glass oil lamps. Accurate, informative, even interactive. Worth the trip!


“History as it should be.”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013
"With a whaling captain in my ancestry this was a must. My wife and I enjoyed it so much we joined at a higher level. Its beautifully designed, the displays are amazing. It allows kids to interact with the workings of a ship and is hands on and friendly. What was going to be a two hour visit lasted all day. We will return!"

“Very interesting”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013
"A very interesting museum. Lots that is interactive for the kids. Lots to see and read. Nice view of the harbour from the observatory deck. Doubt you will find a more informative whaling museum in North America. It's a shame what has happened to those animals - we need to ensure their future is protected."


“Down to the sea in ships”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013
"Read "Moby Dick" and go to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

The Museum concentrates on the human side of whaling, now mostly banned throughout the world. There are large models of whaling ships. There are also whale bones suspended from the ceiling to give you an idea of the dimensions of these majestic mammals.

Thankfully for the whales, whale oil was replaced by other fuels, else they might have been hunted into extinction.

For a counterpoint, go to Cape Cod and go on a whale watch. Sometimes whales can be seen from the Atlantic shore of the Cape as well."


“Rare jewel”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013
"This museum is truly one of a kind. Had exhibits regarding whaling, maritime trade, and even a ship inside the museum."


“Amazing full of history”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013
"Words cannot describe the feeling you get upon entering the museum, it consumes you, the whaling history is very interesting, the ship, Lagoda is breath- taking, you need to use all your senses, for the full experience."


“Don't miss this one!!”

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013
"This is by far the best exhibit of the whaling industry and its impact on the area communities and the world. I always put this on the top of our list when we have visitors. I always see something new when I visit and am never bored. It is an exceptional display."