The City That Lit the World

"The town itself is perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England..nowhere in all America will you find more patrician-like houses, parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford…all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea."

H. Melville, "Moby-Dick"

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20th Anniversary for New Bedford NPS.

Join New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and Park Partners as we come together with a month long anniversary celebration.

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Frozen in Time:

Stop by New Bedford Whaling Museum to explore Susan Lukesh a mid-nineteenth century New Bedford photo album.

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The Last Bay Scallop?, a film by Nantucket film maker John Stanton will be shown at New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

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Famine, Friends & Fenians

6:00 PM -New Bedford Whaling Museum’s exhibit Famine, Friends & Fenians explores New Bedford’s curious role in Irish history from the 18th c

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African American Historical & Genealogic

New Bedford Historical Society and the New England Chapter of the African American Historical & Genealogical society host a celebration at t

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Junior Ranger Program

Rangers will begin offering two new Junior Ranger programs. Follow the lives of two young people as they make their way through...

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The Slave’s Cause: A History of

Manisha Sinha will speak about her recently published book The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. The talk, sponsored by the New Bedford

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A Day In The Life Series

Join the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center as they kick-off a new series, A Day in the Life. Learn first-hand about the fishing industry

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New Bedford AHA! Night

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Unveils the 20th Anniversary collaborative Art Project, 20 Years of Community.

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20th Anniversary!

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park hosts a day of tours, events, programs, music, dancing, and cake.

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Centennial of the Lagoda

Join the New Bedford Whaling Museum for the Bourne Building Centennial Dedication, marking the official unveiling that took place during

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Guided Walking Tours

Free Guided Walking Tours offered on weekends at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM, stop by the National Park Visitor Center to start your tour!

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Things To Do

The national park visitor center offers a variety of the things to do within the park.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740



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