Sightseeing in New Bedford

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As keeper of local history and community educator, the timeless social, economic, and ecological issues of the global story of whaling is brought to life.

18 Johnny Cake Hl
New Bedford,
MA
US

Thanks to lines such as Royal Flemish and Crown Milano, the city of New Bedford rightfully earned the nickname ?Art Glass Headquarters of the Country? by the late 19th century. With 7,000 objects to its name, The New Bedford Museum of Glass not only celebrates the area?s rich heritage, but also spans more than 3,000 years of worldwide glassmaking history. Through its permanent collection and rotating exhibits, the museum highlights everything from Victorian glass syrup bottles to 19th-century glass cigar holders. Our Nation?s Heritage in Glass encompasses 500-plus pieces of American-themed glass, including Bicentennial glass and the glass teeth George Washington wore in battle. Along with its rich displays, the museum?s in-house libraries delves deeper into global glassmaking with more than 8,000 volumes in 10 languages.

61 Wamsutta St
New Bedford,
MA
US

• For $6, you get two general admission tickets (up to a $12 value). • For $12, you get four general admission tickets (up to a $24 value).

425 Hawthorn St
New Bedford,
MA
US

For the past 15 years, The New Bedford Art Museum has dressed up downtown New Bedford with a seasonally changing collection of visual stimuli from local, national, and international artists—all presented within a former bank that still contains two vintage vaults. Pamela Calore's Time Has Left Its Mark explores the haunting remnants of abandoned local factories and the Rhode Island System that governed the lives of its workers. New Bedford Through the Lens, meanwhile, charts the city's changes over time through photographs or a feature film, depending on how fast attendees sprint past the photographs. The New Bedford Art Museum is open Wednesday–Sunday.

608 Pleasant St
New Bedford,
MA
US