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Join us for a day in New Bedford as we will explore the New Bedford Whaling Museum and Nathan and Mary Johnson House.

The day will begin at 11:00am at the New Bedford Whaling Museum with a curators tour and exploration of the museum. We then will have time for lunch and at 3:00pm have a tour of the Nathan and Mary Johnson House.

New Bedford Whaling Museum Curator’s Tour

Here at the New Bedford Whaling Museum we are able to offer a behind the scenes tour with Dr. Akeia Benard, Curator of Social History. You will be able to see artifacts that cover topics such whaling maritime, scrimshaw, culture, and local/global history. You will see artifacts that have rarely been seen by the general public.

Nathan and Mary Johnson House

From the early years of the 19th century until the onset of the Civil War, the Nathan and Mary Johnson House was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Nathan and Mary were African American entrepreneurs who opened up their home to freedom seekers and assisted their escape to freedom. They were active abolitionists and assisted many including Frederick and Anna Douglass who found their first taste of freedom in New Bedford. Join the members of the New Bedford Historical Society as they share the stories of this small house, its occupants, and its role in local history.


Saturday, September 28, 2019. The New Bedford Whaling Museum tour will be at 11:00am. The first group will go on the curators tour for an hour while the other group explores the museum. We will then switch. The Nathan and Mary Johnson House will be at 3:00pm and last about an hour.


New Bedford Whaling Museum: 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740

Nathan and Mary Johnson House: 21 7th St, New Bedford, MA 02740

Registration: Registration is required and the cost is $35.50. Please note that we need a certain number of people to attend the tour for the tour to occur. We will let you know if we need to cancel the tour and can issue a refund.


Transportation: There will be no provided transportation for these tours.

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