Due to the health risks presented by Corona virus, The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum is temporarily closed to the public through May 17. All in-person programming has been postponed – please check us out on social media instead! 

Photograph of Esther Wollison. Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. 2004.73.181

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… read more

Check out our Spring 2020 events!
From classical concerts to our  new “History Happy Hour”, RJD events have a wide appeal.


Function Rentals
Looking to plan a special event in a beautiful garden setting? Call the museum for more information on our unique facility. [read more]

The Rose Garden
Visit our grounds any time for a look at over 350 rose bushes, as well as our exquisite boxwood garden and historic pergola.

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