Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum


The Old Dartmouth Historical Society/New Bedford Whaling Museum was founded in 1903 to create and foster an interest in the history of the territory included in Old Dartmouth; promote historical research; and collect documents and relics and provide for their proper custody. The Society established the Whaling Museum in 1907 to tell the story of American whaling and to describe the role New Bedford played as the whaling capital of the world in the nineteenth century. Today, the Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area.

How Your Donation Helps

48.3% of your car donation will go toward helping Old Dartmouth Historical Society with their project: Exhibits and Publications.

46.2% will go toward the project: Educational Programming.

5.4% will go toward the project: Member and Community Programs.



  • Other school related activities
  • Historical site, records or reenactment
  • Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.

Tax Status

IRS Classification: 501(c)(3) Public Charity established 1932

Your donations to Old Dartmouth Historical Society are tax deductible.

Grouping: Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).

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