New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Find Your Connection to The City that Lit the World

33 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

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Start your visit at the national park visitor center to get a brief orientation, view the park's official free orientation film, The City that Lit the World, pick up maps and brochures, view exhibits and plan your day. Take a guided or self-guided tour to learn more about New Bedford's fascinating history, visit our partner institutions, attend special programs and events that take place in the park year round and explore the many shops, restaurants and galleries located in and around the park. Partner sites include the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum, Seamen's Bethel, Waterfront Visitor Center and Schooner Ernestina.


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