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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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Madison, AL
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was a great place to start our Nantucket vacation. Friendly staff members and fascinating history of the island. The ticket price included passes to several other ticketed historical sites around Nantucket. Learning about history in the place where that history was made, from a native who is passionate about sharing the story is about as good as it gets.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I learn something new every time I visit the Whaling Museum. The new movie they have is very interesting. This is a place you must visit in order to get a real sense of Nantucket's history.

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Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This is a real gem of a museum. Visit on day one if possible. This is not only about facinating history of whaling on Nantucket but gives visitors a valuable understand of the rich culture and history of the island. If I had visited sooner and not last day I think I would have appreciated my stay there even more!... More

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baltimore
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59 reviews 59 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

You can get out on the very top of the Museum and look around as it's one of the tallest buildings in the harbor..it's a treat..

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Saline, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

... It was actually quite a bit better than we expected. Just the building itself is beautiful and fun to explore. The rooftop deck gives a terrific view of Nantucket harbor. The one-hour intro movie, "Nantucket," is an interesting overview of Nantucket, with lovely scenery. Good enough that you don't need to save this for a rainy day.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A great place to learn about life on the island in the 1800s. be sure to ascend to the top widow's walk.

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California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Some friends recommended this museum to my two teenaged boys and me and we were pretty lukewarm about a whaling museum. We were amazed at how interesting and well done it was! It's not a large museum so it's not an all-day endeavor, which is nice. But it has a good range of information and really wonderful artifacts like the... More

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Rome, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a wonderful place to spend 3-4 hours,especially after reading Moby Dick. The exhibits are well done as are the video presentations. It is only a short walk from the ferry boats.

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Whaling museum is a must do. Wish we had gone there when we frist arrived on island. Docent told a story of a whaling adventure (actually misadventure)--she was excellant. Really brought it alive. Exhibits, videos--really informative. Also fantastic view of Nantucket from the top level of the museum--outdoor deck. Your time in museum will depend on how in depth you... More

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Cherryville, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I would recommend visiting the museum as soon as you get to the island. It has so much information and history of the island & Nantucket. I was so amazed to learn of the the whales.

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