New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is filled with the stories of the Old Dartmouth region, the people and places of whaling, the art they created and inspired, and the whales they chased. We are a great setting for learning opportunities for all ages. Camp groups visit us to chart a voyage, explore relationships among various cultures, examine whale baleen and climb aboard the world’s largest ship model. Programs are available for all age groups and involve hands-on interactions to enable active participation. Please refer to our brochure for more details.
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Contact Info
Address: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740. Bristol County. Tel: 508-997-0046. Email: Website: Hrs: Open daily. See website. Contact: Raven Medeiros-Neves, Education Programs Coordinator,, 508-717-6885.  
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-3 hours. Cost: General admission: $14 adults, $6 youth. Guided programs: $7/camper. Free chaperone per 10 campers. 

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.