Before we discovered fossil fuels were capable of helping us generate energy while destroying the environment, people actually loaded up on sailing vessels and went out to harpoon whales to process their blubber as oil. The New Bedford Whaling Museum, located in what was once one of the biggest whaling ports in the world, looks at the history and culture of the whale fishing era, whale biology as well as the fight to help save these incredible creatures.
Closest Airports: New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB), T. F. Green Airport, Providence (PVD)
Other Nearby Activities: The museum is part of the larger New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park and, once you are in New Bedford, you are practically in Cape Cod and it takes just a short ferry ride to get to either Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.
Similar Museums Worth Visiting: Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut; Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket, Massachusetts