Rotch Jones Duff House & Garden Museum

396 County St, New Bedford, Ma 02740
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Our mission To preserve one of the nation’s finest Greek Revival mansions and its historic grounds and gardens to the highest standard; To interest and educate the public through exhibits and interpretive historical and horticultural programs that document the history of New Bedford and important chapters in American history through the lives of the three families who lived in the house; And to acquire and care for appropriate artifacts, furnishings and period collections.

Rotch Jones Duff House & Garden Museum

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Gardening, Docent, Events

Volunteer opportunities include: Gardening, Docent Tours, Special Event Assistance, Administrative Assistance, Visitor Services.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Weekends
How you help Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to the Museum. They welcome visitors, provide quality educational programming, and help keep the grounds looking beautiful.
About us Built by shipwrights in 1834 for whaling merchant William Rotch Jr., the Rotch-Jones-Duff (RJD) House and Garden Museum epitomizes the “brave houses and flowery gardens” described by Herman Melville in Moby-Dick. Greek Revival in style, it was designed by architect Richard Upjohn, a founder and first president of the American Institute or Architects. Today this National Historic Landmark offers house tours, a variety of cultural programs and changing exhibits, and curriculum-based educational programming to more than 2,000 students annually.
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