New Bedford, Massachusetts

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New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA

Attractions in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Historic Homes & Buildings

  • Abijah Hathaway House
    66 North Second Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-991-6200, This beautiful historic home is a wonderful example of the Greek Revival style of architecture that was very popular and fashionable during the mid to late Nineteenth... more info  map

  • Benjamin Rodman Mansion
    50 North Second Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-991-6200, Built by Benjamin Rodman, a prominent New Bedford businessman and an influential member of the community, this Federal style mansion is also an example of the Quaker... more info  map

  • Bourne Counting House
    One Merrill's Wharf, New Bedford, MA 02740
    A room on the top floor of this beautiful and large granite building features panoramic views of the New Bedford Harbour; this building was built by whaling vessel... more info

  • Butler Flats Lighthouse
    New Bedford Outer Harbor, New Bedford, MA 02744
    East Rodney French Boulevard
    508-996-4095, The beacon from this historic lighthouse could be seen for over five miles as it provided navigational guidance to sailors returning home from the perils of the sea. more info  map

  • First Baptist Church
    149 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-992-6343, This classical Greek and Federal style building has features including an imposing steeple and a ship-lad front façade; the steeple also served as a navigational aid... more info  map

  • Grinnell Mansion
    379 County Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-993-2621, Built by architect Russel Warren, with granite used from the same quarry as the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston, this mansion was the first Greek Revival mansion built in... more info  map

  • New Bedford City Hall
    133 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-979-1400, The oldest operating elevator in the country, which was installed in 1906, is located inside of this neoclassical brick and brownstone building; both the city offices... more info  map

  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
    396 County Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-997-1401, Designed by Richard Upjohn, the founder of the American Institute of Architects, this historic Greek Revival mansion was named after the three families that have... more info  map

  • Saint Anthony of Padua Church
    1359 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford, MA 02746
    508-993-1691, One of the largest crosses in the world is featured in this French Renaissance church that was built from Springfield red stone; another prominent feature of the church... more info  map

  • Seamen's Bethel
    15 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
    New Bedford Port Society
    508-992-3295, Known as the "Whaleman's Chapel" in Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby Dick," this chapel features thirty black framed cenotaphs that bear the names of the whale men... more info  map

  • U.S. Custom House
    37 North Second Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-994-5158, Designed by Robert Mills, who was the architect of the Washington Monument, this white granite Greek Revival building is the oldest continuously operating Custom House... more info  map

Historic Sites & Monuments

  • Colonel Claghorn Memorial
    Waterfront Park
    508-991-6200, Dedicated in 1936 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, this monument commemorates Colonel George Claghorn, who was a Revolutionary war patriot, Naval... more info  map

  • Holocaust Memorial
    Veterans Memorial Buttonwood Park, New Bedford, MA 02740
    Rockdale Avenue & Maple Street
    508-996-4095, Featuring a large bronze hand rising from an inscribed stone pedestal, this stark monument is a memorial to the millions of Jews and others who were murdered by the... more info  map

  • Lewis Temple Memorial
    613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    Outside the New Bedford Public Library
    508-991-6275, This magnificent statue honours Lewis Temple, who was a blacksmith who revolutionized the whaling industry with his invention of an iron toggle harpoon tip in 1848. more info  map

  • New Bedford National Historic Landmark District
    Lower Downtown New Bedford
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and reminiscent of the Nineteenth Century, this historic district features cobblestone streets, gas lamp style... more info  map

  • Schooner Ernestina
    89 North Water Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    New Bedford State Pier
    508-992-4900, The only remaining wooden sailing ship that brought immigrants to the US, this historic schooner was launched in 1894 and has served as a fishing schooner and a packet... more info  map

  • Whaleman's Memorial
    613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    Outside the New Bedford Public Library
    508-991-6275, The inscription on this large bronze and granite statue reads "A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat;” the statue depicts a harpooner shown at the bow of a whaleboat, and pays... more info  map

Libraries & Research Centers

  • New Bedford Public Library
    613 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-991-6275, One of the largest collections of whaling log books in the world is housed at this library that also features the largest collection of historical and genealogical... more info  map

Museums & Galleries

  • Frugal Woman's Museum, A
    52 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    This mini-museum features the largest collection of Hetty Green memorabilia and materials in the nation; Hetty Green was known as the "Witch of Wall Street," and was the... more info  map

  • Gallery Upstairs, The
    204 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-979-5888, Admission is free to this art gallery that regularly features monthly exhibitions of the works of local and regional artists that represent not only artists who are... more info  map

  • Gallery X
    169 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-992-2675, This gallery is known for its “public hangings,” events in which the art of over thirty participating artists are hung in public spaces during festivals and events,... more info  map

  • John Magnan Studio
    23 Centre Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
    508-999-5051, With hours being listed as “by chance or by appointment,” this gallery features the work of sculptor John Magnon, who has been featured on the program Sunday Morning... more info  map

  • Museum of Madeiran Heritage
    27 Hope Street, New Bedford, MA 02746
    508-994-2573, This museum preserves art and artifacts of the Portuguese Island of Madeira, with exhibits that include photographs, carvings, colourful dance costumes, a three... more info  map

  • New Bedford Art Museum
    608 Pleasant Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-961-3072, New Bedford's rich and historic art collection is housed at this museum, as well as Nineteenth and Twentieth Century paintings by New Bedford and regional artists; the... more info  map

  • New Bedford Fire Museum
    51 Bedford Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-992-2162, Located in an authentic fire station house that was built in 1867, this unique museum preserves the history of fire fighting techniques and equipment, while featuring... more info  map

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
    18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-997-0046, "The largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port," the New Bedford Whaling Museum brings to life the whaling... more info  map

  • Pegasus Artisans Gallery and Studio
    27 Seventh Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-999-6265, This gallery features the unique works of many area artists, artisans, and craftsmen. They are open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from... more info  map

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

  • Brooklawn Park
    Ashely Boulevard & Acushnet Avenue
    508-991-6210, One of the major parks in New Bedford, this park offers baseball and softball fields, basketball and tennis courts, a wading pool, an ice rink, and a children's... more info  map

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
    33 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-996-4095, A variety of Greek Revival buildings and attractions are located in this thirteen block, twenty acre National Park that includes the Waterfront Park, Rotch-Jones-Duff... more info  map

  • Prince Henry the Navigator Park
    Pope's Island, New Bedford, MA 02740
    In the middle of New Bedford Harbor
    508-993-1770, This park features a large granite and bronze statue of Prince Henry overlooking the New Bedford Harbour, and offers grassy areas for picnicking, a rocky shoreline,... more info  map

  • Veterans Memorial Buttonwood Park and Zoo
    425 Hawthorn Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
    508-991-6175, This park and zoo is New Bedford's premier recreation centre, with features including over one hundred fifty animals representing over thirty five different species,... more info  map

Tours & Cruises

  • Whaling City Launch Service
    New Bedford Waterfront
    508-269-5815, One may enjoy harbour and waterfront tours aboard a twenty six foot boat that is the actual vessel, legend has it, that took Herman Melville on a whaling cruise, which... more info  map


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