New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center


38 Bethel Street, New Bedford, MA 02740


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Located in New Bedford, the nation’s most valuable fishing port, the 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. Check back for new exhibits and special events alongside permanent exhibits like, More than a Job: Work and Community in New Bedford’s Fishing Industry. This exhibit features a replica working deck, scallop dredge, galley table, bunks, historic images and footage, and more than sixty audio clips sharing the many voices of the fishing community. ‘More than a Job’ provides visitors with an introduction to the workings of the fishing industry as well as explore themes including labor history, immigration, sustainability, and the changing nature of work and community.

Hour of Operation: Thursday – Sunday 10am -4pm


City: New Bedford

Street: 38 Bethel Street