New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to tell the stories of whaling, the working waterfront, and the Underground Railroad. These stories are filled with people who are as fascinating as Melville’s fictional Captain Ahab who battled Moby-Dick; and include Frederick Douglass who found his freedom and his voice in New Bedford, Paul Cuffe, a sea captain and an entrepreneur who was perhaps the wealthiest black American of his time, the great American artists Albert Bierstadt, William Bradford and Albert Pinkham Ryder.
Hours of Operation: National Park Visitor Center
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week year round
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years