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Whaling Museum

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Address: 15 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: +1 508-228-1894
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at...
The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at this museum.
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I went here thinking it would be a great way to kill an hour while I waited for my afternoon tour. After 10 minutes I could see that I was going to need a lot more time, so I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I went here thinking it would be a great way to kill an hour while I waited for my afternoon tour. After 10 minutes I could see that I was going to need a lot more time, so I rearranged my afternoon and chose to spend about 3 hours taking everything in: the lectures, the films, the exhibits, and the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Whaling Museum has been expanding and improving their venue over the last couple of years and the result is an interesting and informative presentation of Nantucket's whaling history. The films are very well done. The artifacts are interesting and gives you a really good look into early life on Nantucket. A great way to spend a rainy day!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We ran over to Nantucket for a day-trip and were directed to the museum by the lady at the visitor center. We did an overview of the museum, a very well curated collection of artifacts and historical documentation of Nantucket's early days as the Whaling Capitol of the early 19th century world.. Then we signed up for a very informative... More 

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

The museum is a great place to start your tour of Nantucket to soak up some history of its people and community. The exhibits displayed are beautifully designed and very detailed. I advise going up to the observatory and taking a look at the harbor from there and the busy street below. Also a very interesting view of the Tennis... More 

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Detroit
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

The museum is better than you might guess. Great history and really good story on the Essex sinking which is the basis of a soon to be released motion picture in the Heart of the Sea. Also, the view from the deck on the roof is really great. Worth a short or longer visit as time permits

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is a top attraction ! My 11 and 8 year old girls enjoyed this museum .. I believe it cost around 50 dollars for three people however whaling is an important part of Nantucket's history and this museum is both entertaining and informative ! I highly recommend it !

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toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Even though I've been coming to the island for decades, I still love visiting the Whaling Museum. On this trip we were accompanied by friends who had never been, so we knew we had to take them. The museum just keeps getting better and the exhibits, films and lecture (if you want to listen) are entertaining and informative. Staff are... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A great take on a sunny or rainy day..Lpts of history and info about Nantucket! A fabulous gift shop with amazing selection of treasures

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place is great. It's a beautiful way to learn the history of Nantucket. I recommend you take in the film/documentary before you start your journey through the museum. You can easily spend a few hours here. Make sure to visit the outside observatory. Here you can see a beautiful panoramic view of town and the harbor. It's a perfect... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

If you've read "In the Heart of the Sea," this museum brings all of that to life for you. Excellent museum! Don't miss the roof top lookout. Go up the stairs by the large pendulum clock. Great views and a covered place to sit! Expensive, like everything else on Nantucket, but very well done!

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