New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, Ma 02740, Usa
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Our missionThe New Bedford Whaling Museum ignites learning through explorations of art, history, science and culture rooted in the stories of people, the region and an international seaport.
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New Bedford Whaling Museum

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Whaling Museum volunteers positively impact the lives of thousands of people every year, making a significant contribution to our ability to pursue the Museum’s mission. Anyone interested in sharing their time, knowledge, and enthusiasm is encouraged to register for a 12-part, once-weekly Volunteer Training Program. Volunteers can become docents, greeters, work in the research library, or assist on the green team caring for our plants. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of three years of service.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you helpThe New Bedford Whaling Museum needs volunteers. Donating your time, interest, and energy can help the Museum in diverse ways to advance understanding of the whaling industry and the unique history of New Bedford.
About usThe New Bedford Whaling Museum is world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. A cornerstone attraction within New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and a Park partner, the Museum is located in the heart of the city's historic downtown. The museum’s 20 galleries of maritime art and science exhibits include five whale skeletons and the world’s largest ship model, Lagoda, which visitors may climb aboard. The Museum’s collections number in excess of 750,000 items, including the world’s largest collections of scrimshaw, whaling logbooks and journals. The Museum Store carries a large inventory of books on maritime, whaling, and local history topics, as well as unique gifts related to the collection. Wheelchair accessible.
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