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"The City that Lit the World" 

Whaling, escaping, sailing the world, making a fortune--New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park invites every educator to find a place for parks in their classroom. Your students can explore whaling through lesson plans, games, field trips, online exhibits and Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!) multimedia products. Read and research the stories, places and people that put New Bedford at the center of whaling.

Calendar of Events

There's always something to do in the City that Lit the World. Check out the park's calendar of events for a listing of upcoming programs and events.

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Madeiran Dancers on the Whaling Museum Plaza

Group Reservation Request Form

Please allow at least two weeks to arrange your visit. For 2014, group walking tours requests will be considered starting April 28 - October 2014.

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Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!)

YAP! is a collaborative program where teens communicate national park themes through hip-hop culture, live events, and social media outreach.

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History and Culture

The whaling industry amassed enormous wealth and caused tens of thousands of men to risk their lives in far flung seas.

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A Cape Verdean whaleboat crew rowing a whaleboat

"American Dreams" Short Film by YAP!

A short film by the Youth Ambassador Program that takes viewers on a journey of individuals seeking the American Dream through different paths.

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A scene from the short film, American Dreams

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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Mailing Address:

33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740



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