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Hours of Operation

For the safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff, the Fishing Heritage Center will be temporarily closed to the public as of 3/13/2020. Due to growing concerns over the coronavirus, we have decided this will be the best course of action for our organization. There have not been any reported cases of infection or exposure at the Fishing Heritage Center, but we are following the lead of other area organizations and responding with caution for the wellbeing of our community. We will remain closed at least through April at which point we will reconsider opening. Thank you for your understanding.

Admission

Admission is free for January- March 2020

Accessibility

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is handicap accessible. Accessible parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the building with handicap entrance at rear of building.

Directions

From Providence and points West:
Follow I-195 East into Massachusetts to Exit 15, “Rte. 18 Downtown.” At the first set of lights turn right onto Elm Street. At the second intersection, turn left onto Bethel Street. The Fishing Heritage Center is half a block up on the left.

From Cape Cod and points East:
Follow I-195 West to Exit 15, “Rte. 18 Downtown.” At the first set of lights turn right onto Elm Street. At the second intersection, turn left onto Bethel Street. The Fishing Heritage Center is half a block up on the left.

From Boston and points North:
Follow Rt. 24 South to Exit 12, “Rt. 140, New Bedford.” [Depending on your area of departure you may choose I-93 South to Rt. 24; or, I-95 South to I-93 to Rt. 24; or, I-495 South to Rt. 24.] Follow Rt. 140 to Exit 2 (second ramp), “I-195 East, Cape Cod.” Follow I-195 East about 1 mile to Exit 15, “Rte. 18 Downtown.” At the first set of lights turn right onto Elm Street. At the second intersection, turn left onto Bethel Street. The Fishing Heritage Center is half a block up on the left.

Parking
Limited parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building. One hour parking is available on Bethel Street. Additional parking is available at the Elm Street Garage which is located a block and a half from the Fishing Heritage Center.

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38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
508-993-8894

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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