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Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

Rua dos Baleeiros, 13, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-143, Portugal
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Cirencester
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Peterborough, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Really interesting to see how the local has hardly changed except in their attitude to Whales, some explicit film and photos. But you have to respect that they moved on.

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Set on the harbour and housing everything to do with the industry from it's beginning to the end of the trade in the 1980's Some great exhibits and the video was very informative. Free entry on Sunday's and well worth a visit.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Nice museum which is in fact bigger then it looks. Especially make sure to watch the video about the history of whale hunting. Entrance fee is just 2,50 and free on sunday. Just keep in mind the different opening hours.. The museum offers a small library, permanent exhibition about whaling/whalers and temporary changing art exhibition.

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Porto, Portugal
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Very interesting with the whale catching history including historic real movies, but attention that it shows blood of the whales

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Hayward, California
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12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

the entrance is small, but the inside is modern, well laid out, and has many displays of items and even a boat used during the active whaling days. There is a movie in English and the displays also have English descriptions. Well worth the few Euro they are asking for admission.

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Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

During our stay on Pico we got a voucher from the whale watch company to visit the whaler museum. Well it is a great museum that shows you the doings of the whalers in earlier times. I know that it is without discussion a terrible thing that happened everywhere with the whales but here on Picos the fishermen never used... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Interesting museum giving a good perspective of the life of the locals until 40-50 years ago. Do not miss the documentary movie.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

The whales are all around Pico. The three whale museums are woth the visit. You'll understand a bit more about whales, the traditional hunt and the whale factory!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Much larger and more involved than you'd expect. Nice movie that shows an actual whale hunt--brutal, but gives you much more understanding.

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