F43. The New Bedford Whaling Museum & the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum
Group Leader: Jeanne Fontaine
Enjoy a guided tour of the world’s most comprehensive collection of art, artifacts and original documents of whaling history at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Collected over the last 110 years, the Museum also features maritime and local history artifacts and includes historic documents, books, and photographs, as well as the world’s largest sailing ship model, a ½ scale barque.
Next, we’ll visit the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum. Built by shipwrights in 1834 for whaling merchant William Rotch Jr., this house epitomizes the “brave houses and flowery gardens” described by Herman Melville in Moby Dick. It is the only whaling mansion open to the public in New England that retains its original configuration of grounds and outbuildings. Lunch is on the harbor at the Waterfront Grille. Historian Amanda Goodheart will enrich this tour with a lecture en route about the whaling industry in New Bedford during the 19th century.
$120, Members, $142, nonmembers; includes admissions, guided tours, lunch, bus transportation and gratuities.