Monday, July 30, 2012
Green Getaways–The New Bedford Whaling Museum
If you’re headed to New England this summer and you’d like to learn a little something about sustainable fisheries and whales, a visit to the New Bedford Whaling Museum is definitely in order! I know, when you're thinking green getaways, whaling doesn't often come to mind, but this museum is very informative and really tells a very honest story of the history and impacts of whaling. The museum, which is over 100 years old, sits next to the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park. It’s filled with many exhibits on the local area and the history of whaling in the area. The museum also includes fascinating displays giving information on various whale species (I especially like the comparison between a t-rex tooth and a whale tooth) and the impacts of overfishing and depletion of natural resources. The museum has the world’s largest library of whaling logbooks, the world’s largest collection of scrimshaw (unbelievably detailed work!), and the world’s largest model ship, the Lagoda, a half-scale whale ship built in 1916. Many of the exhibits are hands-on, which always makes a museum visit more fun. A fascinating and honest look at the whaling industry, the New Bedford Whaling Museum is worth a visit!