On our way to Rhode Island, we spot the National Park Service sign for New Bedford Whaling. Since we planned a visit anyway, we cancelled Rhode Island today, and make the turnoff for New Bedford.
Although the NPS Visitor Center is interesting, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is world class. We spend hours here, watching an excellent movie and then visiting all the displays.
According to the NPS, this museum is the largest and most outstanding museum of American whaling and maritime history in the world. Exhibits include the 89 foot Lagoda
, a half scale replica of a square-rigged whaling bark and rare whale skeletons.
Also displayed are cultural artifacts, rare antiquities, scrimshaw and logbooks, and interspersed are displays of fine and decorative arts.
There is so much to see, we need a break to get something to eat, and then return. New Bedford is a charming town with many historical and beautifully preserved homes, cobblestone streets, and amazing history. The last pictures shows a views from the upstairs deck.
For further information: New Bedford Whaling Musuem
508.997.0046;New Bedford Whaling NHP
508.996.4095; Downtown New Bedford
Thank you so much for sharing this interesting post. The whale skeleton is awesome.
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