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Hours of Operation

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is open Thursday-Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm.

Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day

If you are interested in scheduling a group tour or a visit outside of these hours, please contact programs@fishingheritagecenter.org.

Admission

Beginning July 1st, 2021

$5 Adults / $4 Seniors and Students

Children under 12 free / Members always free

Free admission for the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families through Blue Star Museums

Free admission to the Center for EBT card holders and up to three family members through EBT Card to Culture

See NB in Three Pass- $18
The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center (FHC), New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks! (NBAM), and The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum (RJD) have partnered to offer a joint admission pass for the summer season. Passes may be purchased online from NBAM’s website, or in person, at any of the three sites, for the discounted rate of just $18. See NB in Three passes go on sale June 1 are good from July 1, until redeemed through Oct. 10.

Add-on at New Bedford Whaling Museum
You can also receive discounted admission to the Fishing Heritage Center when you purchase a ticket in-person at the Whaling Museum and add on a visit to the Fishing Heritage Center for an additional $4.

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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