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Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

Address: 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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Keighley, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
53 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
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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18 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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