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Whaling Museum

15 Broad Street, P.O. Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1894
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Ranked #1 of 49 attractions in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at this museum.
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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We stopped here and truly enjoyed everything we saw. It was incredibly interesting to see the development of the island based around the whaling museum. If you buy tickets, you receive a pass to several other museums.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

It rained one day during our trip so we did the Whaling Museum and we had a great time. Extremely informative presentation and we came back later in the day for one of their short films, very interesting.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your rainy afternoon with us and some of our signature programming. That's wonderful that you took advantage of our All-Access Pass admission ticket, which allows multiple reentries to the museum on the same day - the perfect way... More

Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

This is the most important thing to do in Nantucket, IMHO, other than to eat well. The local contributions to nautical history and literature are presented in a wonderful, engaging way. My teenagers loved it.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're honored that you declare a visit to the museum to be as important as enjoying some of the island's amazing cuisine! We're thrilled that you and your family enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history during your time with us, and we hope that you'll come back... More

Los Altos Ca.
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

Great exhibits on the whaling history of Nantucket. Oral and visual presentations as well. A nice break from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history from our vast collections and artifacts, as well as some of our signature programming from our expert museum staff. Thank you so much for visiting and we hope to see you back on the island... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great museum, great programs, and great staff. Summer is the best time to visit the museum because of everything going on. You don't want to go to Nantucket and not visit the museum. It's a must-see.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Brittany, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed some of our signature programming as well as your interactions with our fantastic museum staff. While summer is an amazing time here, we at the NHA pride ourselves on offering year-round programming to serve the Nantucket community all year... More

Ridgewood, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Beaches, restaurants, shows, nature. I also met people who enjoyed similar things. I also enjoyed the convenient shuttle service and reliable taxis.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Margaret, Thank you for your review. We hope that during your eight days on Nantucket you were able to enjoy the Whaling Museum and all that we have to offer. Thanks for visiting our little island and we hope to see you again someday! More

Cocoa Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
6 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The exhibits wind through different levels so you get different perspective on objects. You really learn how hard this was ....not easy work at all. The gift shop is better than your usual tourist type shop. Some of the implements used in whaling will really surprise you and some you look at and just wonder what they were until you... More

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum last year. We are thrilled that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through our various collections and artifacts. Thank you for recognizing the Museum Shop as the perfect place to pick up a nautical souvenir to take home! And of course, we love sharing history with even... More

Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Loved, Loved, Loved the storyteller. Told a great story about whaling. Mostly like a history on Nantucket and the people who lived there. Not much about whaling.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the Whale Hunt presentation from one of our excellent museum staff members. While Nantucket was once the whaling capital of the world, there are so many other stories in the island's rich history that we strive to share with our visitors... More

Mashpee, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Thought we'd see a movie, but we saw still pictures with narration. Still, good but not as good as we'd hoped! Maybe we'll go back when not so crowded; also, it was fairly expensive

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're sorry to hear that you missed our signature "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns, as it is shown twice daily at the museum. We encourage all visitors to check out our schedule of daily programs, which is available on a screen in the lobby, on our website,... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I loved this museum, especially the hour long documentary and the talk about 'the chase'. I learnt a lot about the island, from the first settlers to modern day tourism. Lots of things for kids to do also.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through some of our signature programming, like the "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns and the multimedia Whale Hunt presentation. And of course, we love being able to entertain our youngest visitors in our designated family... More

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