Our Mission

The Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum enlivens New Bedford’s history, engages our communities, and enriches cultural understanding through stewardship, education, and entertainment.


  • RJD is an anchor destination in New Bedford’s newest historic district, Abolition Row.
  • RJD is a vibrant hive of community cultural, educational and social activities.
  • RJD represents diverse histories, voices and perspectives.
  • RJD’s ambitious goals are supported by the necessary financial resources and human capital.

Since its founding in 1985, the role of the RJD has expanded from steward of an historic building to a proactive member of the cultural community, offering a variety of ways to engage for a diverse audience. The ambiance of the gardens provides a unique setting for summer concerts and theater, educational programs, garden tours, family activities, weddings, business meetings and social events. The mansion is host to public exhibitions, guided tours, teas, educational programming, chamber music concerts, museum visitation, and private use by groups and individuals. A Partner in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and a National Historic Landmark, the RJD Museum is open year-round.

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