Whaling National Historical Park is a United States
National Historical Park in New Bedford
, and is maintained by the National Park Service. The park commemorates the heritage of the World
's preeminent whaling port during the nineteenth century. Established in 1996, the park encompasses 34 acres (fourteen hectares) dispersed over thirteen city blocks. It includes a visitor center, the New Bedford National Historic Landmark District, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Seamen's Bethel, the Schooner Ernestina
, and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum.
The enabling legislation also established a legislative connection with the Inupiat Heritage Center in Barrow, Alaska, to commemorate the more than 2,000 whaling voyages from New Bedford to the Western Arctic