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The Whaling Museum, for sure, but there are other attractions as well.



You've probably come to see whaling memorabilia, of which New Bedford has lots. But there are other things to see and do as well.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Atop Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the historic waterfront district (map), the New Bedford Whaling Museum is the first place to see. More...

Seamen's Bethel

Across the street from the Whaling Museum (map), the Seamen's Bethel is a chapel constructed in 1832 "for the moral improvement of sailors," and immortalized in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Several blocks away, at Pleasant and William, the New Bedford Public Library has displays of whaling books and pamphlets. More...

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden

A beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture as practiced by New Bedford's wealthy whaling merchants, the Rotch-Jones-Duff House at 396 County Street (map; Tel 508-997-1401) was designed in 1834 by Richard Upjohn, founder of the American Institute of Architects. The period gardens include a wildflower walk.

New Bedford Fire Museum

Anyone interested in the history of firefighting in America will want to take a look at the New Bedford Fire Museum (Tel 508-992-2162) at 51 Bedford Street, corner of 6th Street (map). Come any day in summer to see the restored antique fire trucks and other firefighting equipment, displays of old uniforms, working models of pumps and fire poles, and other memorabilia.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Seamen's Bethel, New Bedford MA

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