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Seamen's Bethel

15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
+1 508-992-3295
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History is neat!

I loved learning all about the whaling industry and everything. It's beautiful on the inside and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Historic House of worship

The Seamen's Bethel (house of God) is open 7 day a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Billerica, Massachusetts
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A historic church dedicated to sailors.
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  • Average9%
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15 Johnny Cake Hl, New Bedford, MA 02740-6318
+1 508-992-3295
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved learning all about the whaling industry and everything. It's beautiful on the inside and it's really interesting. If you have time I would definitely check it out. It doesn't take long to walk through. It's a really pretty house of God

Thank axj23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Seamen's Bethel (house of God) is open 7 day a week from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Seamen's Church of God was used by whalers and fishermen since 1830. Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, stayed in New...More

Thank travel5bugEuro
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful opportunity to be wed in the chapel Herman Melville visited when he stayed in New Bedford before boarding a whaling ship. Located in historic New Bedford, MA.

Thank Karoline S
Reviewed 13 July 2017

A beautiful building with the Mariner's home beside it depicting the story of faith and adversity in this fishing town over several centuries. Lovely welcome. Easy to walk around and sit or take it the stories of tradegies, Moby Dick and faith.

Thank 30Paul27
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Great historic building with lots to see inside! It is located across the street from the museum. Don't miss it! Be sure to go in and look around.

Thank Aggie2me
Reviewed 16 June 2017

As part of a visit to New Bedford we viewed the Seaman's Bethel and Mariner’s Home across the street from the Whaling Museum. Admission is included with your Whaling Museum ticket. It's a self guided view of where Seamen could worship and stay when they...More

Thank S9663
Reviewed 15 June 2017

I'm a huge Moby Dick fan so this was my pick for what we had to do on our trip to New England. It did not disappoint. Not only was there plenty to connect with Melville and his novel, but the honoring of sailors who...More

Thank Professor S
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

If you are in the area and like history, this is a must see destination. Fascinating! Plan to spend minimum of 30 minutes. It's free but donations are accepted.

Thank Mom_USA70
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

I got a personal tour. But there is also a printed self tour. It is the seaman's interdenominational church used mostly for special occasions today. This was significant in the whaling industry.

Thank Queeniereads
Reviewed 15 February 2017

An amazing location bringing home the architectural distinction of the whaling days in New Bedford, Ma. The exterior was used in the movie classic "Moby Dick", and mentioned in Herman Melville's masterpiece of American literature of the same name.

1  Thank Tim M
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