Whaling is an international industry that has become mostly defunct in modern times, save for “pirates” who scour the ocean in search of the majestic marine mammals. The trade may be deemed a cruel practice today but whaling has been a major part of world cultures for centuries. If you’re interested in learning more about this once booming industry, take a visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New England.
The New Bedford Whaling Museum was founded over 100 years ago with the goal of preserving the narratives and artifacts of New England’s whaling culture. The museum gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about early US naval culture, specifically in regards to the gentle (and some not so gentle) giants who call the ocean home.
In congruence with its historical exhibits, the museum also provides contemporary exhibits that explore aspects of modern naval life. Here are some of the great exhibits to check out when you visit New Bedford Whaling Museum in your New Jersey rental car from Value Van & Car Rental:
•Skeletons of the Deep: This permanent display lets museum patrons get a firsthand look at just how massive these creatures of the deep are. The exhibit houses four full-size whale skeletons, including one baby.
•The Forecastle: “Forecastle” is what whalers called the front end of their massive whaling ships. Kids will love this exhibit, which is a full-scale reproduction of a whaling ship’s forecastle. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to experience what everyday life was like aboard whaling vessels.
•Scrimshaw: Shipboard Art of Whalers: “Scrimshaw” is an old maritime word referring to engravings, scrollwork, and carvings put into whale bones. The museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive scrimshaw collection and delves into the craft’s history.
Tuesday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Adults – $14
Children under 19 – $6
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