museums & attractions

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

684 Purchase Street (508) 997-5664 or box-office (508) 994-2900  Historic performing arts center open year-round. Hosts a variety of performances including the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and children’s educational programs. Zeiterion is a friend of AHA! and on occasion hosts AHA! Night groups.

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

396 County Street (508) 997-1401  Built in 1834 and attributed to architect Richard Upjohn, this Greek revival residence was designed for Mr. Rotch, a prominent whaling merchant. This house and formal gardens are the best examples of the “brave houses and flowery gardens” described by Herman Melville in Moby-Dick. Open year round. Mon.-Sat. 10am-4pm; Sun. …

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The New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitor Center

33 William Street (508) 996-4095  Hours 9am-5pm daily Commemorates a living history and heritage reaching back to New Bedford’s dynamic era as the world’s foremost whaling port during the 19th century. This one of a kind National Park incorporates businesses and homes within the bounds of its historic footprint creating a dynamic experience that blends …

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New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

38 Bethel Street (508) 993-8894  The Fishing Heritage Center tells the story of the nation’s #1 fishing port past, present and future through exhibits, programs, and archives. Offerings include films, talks, demonstrations, performances, group tours, resource center, gift shop, and more. Open Thursday-Sunday 10am-4pm.  Admission $5.  Free for members and children 12 and under.  Open …

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Mass Escape

13 North 6th Street (774) 425-3295 A hands-on mental adventure game. Players are put in a “locked” room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles to escape within a set time limit, or having completed a mission. It’s a great activity for family, friends and corporate team building as …

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The New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitor Center

The New Bedford Whaling National Park Visitor Center 33 William Street (508) 996-4095  Hours 9am-5pm daily Commemorates a living history and heritage reaching back to New Bedford’s dynamic era as the world’s foremost whaling port during the 19th century. This one of a kind National Park incorporates businesses and homes within the bounds of its …

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