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Welcome to New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
In Herman Melville's epic novel Moby-Dick Melville describes New Bedford as "perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England." He would certainly recognize many of the 19th century buildings and sites that may be found within the park today.
New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's preeminent whaling museum and houses special collections, long-term and changing exhibits, rare whale skeletons, a half-scale model of a whaling bark and much more...
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
The 28-room Greek Revival mansion was built in 1834 and chronicles 15 years of economic, social and domestic life in New Bedford. The museum is open to the public and hosts house and garden tours, special exhibits annually, and an assortment of special events. More
The Schooner Ernestina was launched in Essex, MA on February 1, 1894. She is home ported in New Bedford at the State Pier and is the official vessel of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a National Historic Landmark, and is part of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. She proudly embodies the rich maritime heritage not only of Massachusetts but indeed the entire United States. She has served as a successful fishing schooner; as an Arctic exploration vessel that came to within 578 miles of the North Pole; as a U.S. Naval vessel in World War II; and as a Cape Verde packet ship.
Did You Know?
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.