New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is a wedding venue located in New Bedford, Massachusetts that offers a classic and coastal setting. Nestled among 18th and 19th century homes and cobblestone streets, this venue is perfect for a couple who want a unique and distinctive wedding.

Facilities and Capacity
This museum has many event spaces that can accommodate weddings of any size. The Harbor View Gallery is a private terrace with panoramic harbor views that fits 150 to 300 guests, depending on your reception style. The Jacobs' Family Gallery is an open space that is ideal for your cocktail hour. The Bourne Building is a memorable maritime setting that can accommodate 300 guests for a cocktail-style reception. This venue also offers The Plaza, which is an open courtyard that offers a historic New England feel and is perfect for your ceremony.

Services Offered
The New Bedford Whaling Museum offers services to make your day unforgettable. The following will be provided for you:

  • Full-service catering by Russell Morin Fine Catering
  • Catering and events director
  • Cultural attractions
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18 Reviews for New Bedford Whaling Museum

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Average response time 4.8

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  • ElaineVictoria

    Elaine · Married on 09/09/2017

    5.0
    • Quality of service:
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    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Thank you Casey for your help and care throughout the wedding planning process. From the tasting (which was a blast) to the night of our wedding you made sure that everything went off without a hitch!

    On our wedding day we were treated like royalty. No, really… I was amazed!!! Casey greeted us with champagne the second we arrived at the museum. Janet swooped in and informed us that she was a master as bustles. My train was literally about 2 yards long so my bridesmaids and I were very relieved!! If it were not for the help, we would've spent the better portion of cocktail hour fussing with the train. We were able to get freshened up, buttoned up, and join our guests for most of the cocktail hour. (Janet you are a sweetheart – thank you!) Janet and Casey ensured that my husband, me, our wedding party and parents were all well fed, hydrated and had everything we needed from cocktail hour, on.

    Casey was always close by ensuring that everything went smoothly, making adjustments to the night’s line of events if we felt that some things needed to be moved around, etc. The teamwork between Casey and the other vendors at the NBWM that night was impressive! Right up to the very end of the night Casey was working hard to make sure everything was perfect. Casey, you are awesome! Thank you!

    Lastly, all of the food that evening was delicious! Hor d’oeuvres were flowing all through cocktail hour with a personal plate following us around. Our guests had a blast checking out the museum and catching up with friends and family. Dinner was delicious as well – and all of the guests we have chatted with have raved about the food. I was so worried that with the day being so busy my husband and I would end up not eating enough, but that did not happen. We were cared for by the staff and allowed to enjoy a relaxing meal in such a busy day. Thank you Janet! Thank you Casey!! & Thank you Russell Morin Catering & Events!!!

    Sent on 09/25/2017

    New Bedford Whaling Museum's reply:

    Thank you so very much for such an amazing and thoughtful review! We are so happy to hear your wedding day was even more amazing than you expected with our services and experiences, as we also try our best to go above and beyond for our clients. We wish you nothing but the best for your future endeavors as newlyweds!
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    Joe · Married on 07/08/2017

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    We had an amazing experience with the Whaling Museum and its top-notch staff, kudos to all involved. Casey was incredibly responsive, informative, and accommodating, and she and the event/catering staff were more than able to deal with some of our last minute requests, including leading up to and on the day of the wedding. The space was beautifully arranged with all of our planned small touches, and guests raved about the museum experience, as well as the reception itself. It was a night both we and our guests will never forget and we are so glad we picked this venue. One small tip: When booking our date, we were unaware of New Bedford's Annual Folk Festival, which coincided with our wedding day (yikes!) and made parking a little trickier. We ended up hiring a valet service, so all was salvaged, but it would be wise to check in on local events planned on and around your big day.

    Sent on 09/26/2017

    New Bedford Whaling Museum's reply:

    Hi Joe! Thank you so much for the review and taking the time to write your thoughts! We are happy to hear not only you and Kristin, but your guests enjoyed the experiences that the New Bedford Whaling Museum had to offer throughout the night. We wish you both nothing but the best for your future together!

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New Bedford Whaling Museum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 4,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 3,600.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 750.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 750.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Planning, Set Up
  • Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering? Cake Cutting, Server(s), Wedding Cake
  • What is the starting price per person for bar service? $ 19.00
  • Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service? Bartender(s), Champagne Toast, House Liquor, House Wine
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 6
  • Describe your venue: Historic Building, Museum, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Cake, Clean Up, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up, Wifi
  • What event items are available? Audio Equipment, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Photo booth, Tables, Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available? Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking, Valet, Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, November, December

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  • 18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA, 02740 See on map
    508-916-2639 (Phone number)

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