• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Park Fun

An illustration of a young man looking out a porthole at a sperm whale from an underwater classroom.

Hunt for Knowledge

Want to learn more about whales? Hop onto our research vessel and come face to face with the world's largest animals. We need your help to tag humpback whales, right whales, and sperm whales, so we can track their activity underwater. Let's begin

 
Illustration of a whaling port with whaling vessels in the harbor

Are you ready for a whaling adventure?

A Whaling Adventure

How would you like to explore an 1800s whaling port and set sail on a whaling voyage around the world? Learn about the people and places you might have found in a whaling port and experience some of the places visited by whalemen in the 1800s? Begin
 
An illustration of a ship captain steering his vessel



Can you find all the hidden pictures? Help the ship captain find all of the tools he needs to go on a whaling voyage. Begin

Did You Know?

Arrival of a party from Norfolk Virginia at League Island. Some members of this party wound up in New Bedford.

Between 1840 and 1860 some 300-700 escaped slaves were living in New Bedford. Frederick Douglass was among those who found freedom in New Bedford. He arrived in 1838 after escaping from Baltimore carrying another sailor's protection papers.