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Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

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Address: Rua dos Baleeiros, 13, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-143, Portugal

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Lots of nice exhibits about whaling housed in an old whaling factory. An interesting 1970s film showing how they used to hunt whales, a bit brutal to watch but factful. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 16, 2014
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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

It was very interesting to see how the people of the Azores worked at this trade, It was hard. The men who did this are just amazing. I am glad that the trade is over but they did what they had to to survive and it was remarkable. Worth the trip

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Today it may seem cruelty but it was an important way of living. For these islanders it was a way to get oil for lighting and other purposes. In this museum you can learn how these man hunted whales (in a boat that was more like a nut shell!) risking their lives and how they processed the whole dead whale.... More 

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Perth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This seems to be a constant in the Azores; it seems like the people have a nostalgia for the good old days of whaling. Except for the whale-watching companies, there is a lot of information on the brave men who killed whales, and very little on the biology and ecology of those animals that are so important for their tourism... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I consider this museum a good look at a practice that thankfully is no longer practiced in the Azores. The display of implements used to torture and kill whales is pretty complete. The movie, circa 1970, is worth seeing to understand the viewpoint of the times. The men involved seemed to treat it as a sport. However, I found the... More 

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

400 years of Atlantic and New England Whaling well preserved and presented. Amazing photos of the last Captains to sail the waters around Pico.

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Lots of nice exhibits about whaling housed in an old whaling factory. An interesting 1970s film showing how they used to hunt whales, a bit brutal to watch but factful. I particularly enjoyed the scrimshaw exhibit upstairs.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Good sized whaling museum. Lots of scrimshaw artwork and whale-boat related objects. Only 2 euro admission; should not be missed.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Nicely laid out. Has an auditorium that shows old movies of whaling. Also has a little art gallery that showcases local talent. Always some interesting exhibits. Housed in the original whaling boat houses. Definitely a nice visit and Sundays are free. :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

If you seek to know the history of whaling on Pico, this museum will do it. The exhibits are on point, have decent explanations, and do not beat the topic to death. The movie is worthwhile. Modern, clean, professionally organized.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Compliments the other whaling museums around the island. Made better by explanation from staff who have great knowledge and empathy as their grandfathers were whalers and they are interested in the history. Well laid out and a good shop.

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Address: Rua dos Baleeiros, 13, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-143, Portugal
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Azores  >  Pico  >  Lajes do Pico

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