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Presenting the story of New Bedford’s fishing community to the world

In 2020, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center created a strategic plan to identify goals and objectives for the next 3-5 years.

Click here to read the Center’s Strategic Plan.


Because of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, the public understands and appreciates New Bedford’s commercial fishing community. The Center is a must-see attraction for visitors to the city and all New Bedford Public School students visit at least once during their K-12 career. The Center is financially-stable and has a long-term facility that is adequate to the scope of its programs including space for a library/archive, theater, classroom, galleries, and a commercial kitchen.


Presenting an authentic story

Celebrating diversity

Fostering respect

Educating the public



38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is dedicated to preserving and presenting the story of the fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs, and archives.

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