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 1983, 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 programs for a diverse audience. A Partner in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the RJD joins New Bedford’s cultural and educational organizations in pursuit of excellence and the potential of what we many all accomplish together.

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