Before his tumultuous career as a captain, Ahab made a name for himself as the obsessive, tyrannical curator of a fledgling New England whaling museum. Hobble in the footstep of a madman with today’s Groupon to New Bedford Whaling Museum. Choose between the following options:
- For $14, you get two adult admission tickets (a $28 value).
- For $25, you get admission for a family of four (up to a $56 value).
Admission for children younger than 5 is free.
Motivated by regional pride and a desire to honor the progenitors of America’s once-bustling whaling industry, New Bedford Whaling Museum transports guests back to the salty shores and bustling ports of 19th-century New England. Anchored at the center of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the museum features interactive exhibits, large-scale models of whaling ships, and a vast collection of cultural artifacts. Guests can marvel at the motionless masts of the Lagoda—a half-scale whaling ship completed in 1916 and currently the world’s largest ship model—or step into the belly of the beast itself and examine the museum's skeleton collection which includes a humpback, a sperm whale, and the long-lost cousin of the whale that swallowed Jonas. Marine paintings by Dutch masters in the New World share wall space with Japanese whaling art and ancient Hartford Whalers jerseys, and images of Cape Verdean spanning over 200 years offer visitors a glimpse into the past.
The 107-year-old museum’s complex assessment of whaling’s history includes four species of complete whale skeletons and current exhibitions that teach lessons relevant to the global issues of today. Its close ties to communities as far away as Japan and Portugal are reflected in a diverse schedule of free programs aimed at students, international visitors, and amateur harpoonists.
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740Get Directions