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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 45 Attractions in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at this museum.
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at this museum.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Great movie about the island. Interesting exhibits. Fabulous views from the roof. A fantastic museum gift ship. This is not to be missed!

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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 so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, from our award-winning "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns, to our various collections and artifacts on display throughout the museum. We agree- the view from the rooftop observation deck is a hidden treasure on this island!... More 

Portsmouth, Rhode Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

By far, our family's visit to the Nantucket Whaling Museum was the highlight of our trip. With our two adult children, the four of us were fascinated at the detailed exhibits and historical displays throughout this impressive museum. We spent two hours, and could have easily spent more time. During our visit, they were also host to the Festival of... More 

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

Dear Lee, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so thrilled to hear that you and your family enjoyed your experience with us, from learning about the island's rich history from some of our expert museum staff, to seeing the Festival of Trees. It truly is one of the most magical times to... More 

Nashville
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014 via mobile

Interesting overview of the Nantucket whaling industry - made more fun with the Christmas tree festival!

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

Dear Elizabeth, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us learning about Nantucket's rich history, as well as our annual Festival of Tress event. Thank you so much for visiting and we hope to see you again someday! More 

Hyde Park, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

What a wonderful informative museum. The guide who spoke about the whaling ship's adventures was excellent. All of the displays are well done. We all learned a lot about whaling .

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

Dear Patricia, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about the island's rich history through our collections, artifacts, and knowledgeable museum staff. We thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and we hope to see you back again someday! More 

Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is one of Nantuckets great attractions. You can go for an hour or days. There is a lot to look at ready and lectures to attend. Don't miss going up on the roof walk! DO call ahead in the OFF SEASON for the hours as they are limited.

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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 this summer. We're so glad that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through our collection of artifacts and signature daily programs. We agree, the view from our rooftop observation deck is not to be missed! Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Nantucket Island
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

One of the best things to not miss while visiting Nantucket Island. Young and old will find this Museum fascinating with artifacts for the Island rich Maritime history.

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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 this fall. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through our various collections and artifacts. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, and we look forward to seeing you back again soon! More 

AckMom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I don't even like museums, but this one is a MUST! It is a beautiful old historic building renovated top notch! You really should not miss this if you are on the island, a must see! The lecture is so interesting and one of the best parts, NOT boring at all!

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

Thank you for your visit this summer to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad that you enjoyed our space as well as some of our daily programming and that it peaked your interest about Nantucket's rich history. We thank you very must for visiting and we hope to see you again soon! More 

Franklin, Tennessee
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380 reviews 380 reviews
134 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

You will be impressed with all the information that you will learn in this excellent museum about the whaling industry in that area.

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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 so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history during your time with us. We thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review, and we hope to see you again someday! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I really liked almost everything I saw here, and found it a fascinating look into local history and the rise and fall of whaling as an industry. However, the 40-minute film they show has very little to do with whaling; it's more like a tourism-marketing video, but with very odd philosophical-literary aspirations. Skip the film, enjoy the museum.

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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 this summer. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history during your time with us, and we're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our award-winning signature film "Nantucket" by Ric Burns. At just under an hour, we feel that it's a perfect... More 

Naugatuck, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What an interesting museum. I learned so much and the view from the roof is fabulous! The artifacts make the museum very engaging for visitors.

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

Dear Stephanie, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum last month. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us learning about Nantucket's rich history. And we agree, the view from our rooftop observation deck is not to be missed! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review,... More 

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