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

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Operating Hours & Seasons

The National Park Visitor Center
The National Park Visitor Center located in the "Old Bank" building
NPS Photo by Tim Sylvia
 

National Park Visitor Center
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week year round
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
(508) 996-4095

New Bedford Whaling Museum
(May-September) 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week
Until 8:00 p.m. every second Thursday of the month

(October-April) Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Open on Holiday Mondays
Until 8:00 p.m. every second Thursday of the month
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
(508) 997-0046

Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (closed Sundays in January, February and March)
Until 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month (except January)
Closed major holidays
(508) 997-1401

Seamen's Bethel
Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m*
*the Bethel closes to the public while accomodating private services
Memorial Day through October 26, 2012
(508) 992-3295

Waterfront Visitor Center
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. year round
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day

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.