Explore the Vibrant Historic Downtown District.

Nestled in the vibrant heart of the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, The Port Society is surrounded by a rich tapestry of cultural and historical treasures that reflect the city’s storied maritime heritage. As a bustling seaport with a deep connection to the sea, New Bedford has long been a hub of artistic expression, architectural splendor, and historical significance. Today, the historic downtown district stands as a testament to the city’s enduring legacy, offering visitors an immersive journey through time.

As you plan your visit to our cherished landmarks—the Seamen’s Bethel and the Mariner’s Home—we invite you to discover the diverse array of organizations, museums, and events that contribute to the unique character of our historic downtown district. From art galleries that celebrate creativity to architectural wonders that evoke the elegance of a bygone era, the neighborhood offers an enriching experience for all who explore its streets. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply a curious traveler, you’ll find a wealth of inspiration and knowledge in this vibrant community.

Join us in exploring the rich cultural fabric of New Bedford, and experience firsthand the sights, sounds, and stories that make our historic downtown district a treasure trove of discovery.


Below are some of the remarkable organizations and destinations that you can visit in our neighborhood:

We look forward to your visit and hope that you take the time to experience the rich cultural and historical offerings of our neighborhood.