The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

We are the stewards of your park, charged with protecting its priceless resources. We enjoy sharing the park with you, so seek us out by stepping inside a visitor center, attending a ranger program, or following our Facebook page. For a better understanding of how the National Park Service manages New Bedford, read our Compendium, Foundation Document, Legislation, see our staff and offices, or join our volunteer team.



New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park helps to preserve, protect, and interpret certain districts, structures, and artifacts that are associated with the history of whaling and related social, economic, and environmental themes for the benefit and inspiration of this and future generations. These efforts will be undertaken in partnership with the city of New Bedford, local and regional institutions, and the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska.

Park General Management Plan, 2001


New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is a compelling destination that preserves and interprets the American whaling industry and its global influence through an exemplary national model of partnership and community collaboration.

Park Vision Statement developed by park staff and partners at strategic planning session, 2006

Last updated: February 6, 2020

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New Bedford, MA 02740



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