Seamen's Bethel

15 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740- Map It
Phone: (508) 992-3295

AAA Editor Notes

Seamen's Bethel is at 15 Johnny Cake Hill, within New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Dedicated in 1832 as a nondenominational whalemen's chapel, the building features a ship's bow pulpit and the Old Salt Box meeting room. In the novel “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville described its cenotaphs—the stone tablets inscribed with the names of whalemen lost at sea since the 1840s.
Hours: Daily 9-5, Apr.-Dec.; Tues.-Sat. 9-4, Sun. 11-4, rest of year. Allow 30 minutes minimum.