New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 996-4095
https://www.nps.gov/nebe
Jennifer Smith, Executive Director
Jennifer_Smith@nps.gov

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Mission

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Established on November 12, 1996, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park serves as a model for collaborative partnerships in the National Park Service.  Located in the urban setting of downtown New Bedford that spans over 13 city blocks, the park and its partners preserve, protect, and interpret the cultural resources associated with the history of the 19th-20th century whaling industry.  The park is more than whaling as it includes stories of global immigration, Underground Railroad, women's history, cultural diversity, architecture, art, and their relevance to current topics.  From the park's Belgian-blocked lined street to the Artist-in-Residence, ranger programs and volunteer opportunities, there are hundred of ways to Find Your Park in the "City that Lit the World."

Artist in Resident (AIR): The National Park Service has hosted Artist-in-Residence programs at its sites for over 45 years with the goal of engaging visitors to understand each park in new and deeply relevant ways.   New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park debuted its newly redesigned Corson Makerspace in the Fall of 2018.  The creative space is located on the 2nd floor of the Corson Building in downtown New Bedford, MA.  

Volunteer-In-Parks (VIP's): For more than 20 years, volunteers have been valuable resources here at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park for visitors and staff.  By volunteering here at our park, you become a part of a larger community.  You can help the park in a variety of ways from enhancing visitor experiences to sharing your specialized expertise to help protect and preserve park resources.  

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Something Fishy Summer Camp: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Working Waterfront Festival team up every year to offer 2 one-week summer camp programs for New Bedford children ages 9-10.  Designed to give kids an introduction to the history and culture of the working port from whaling days to the present, camp activities will include: hands-on marine science, arts and crafts, daily field trips, chantey singing and more.  

Hours of Operation
Regular Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9am-5pm
Winter Hours: January 1-March 31
Thursday-Sunday: Open 10am-4pm
Holidays: Closed on Thanksgiving, December 25 and New Year's Day.
NOTE: Please check our partner websites for operation hours and seasons or download
Downtown New Bedford Inc's Visitor Guide.