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Whaling Museum

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Address: 15 Broad Street, P.O. Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: 508-228-1894
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Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 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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The museum presents a wealth of information on Nantucket's seafaring history, arts and architecture, whaling, and the early families on the island.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Medford, New Jersey
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Medford, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The museum presents a wealth of information on Nantucket's seafaring history, arts and architecture, whaling, and the early families on the island.

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

London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Whaling is intrinsically linked with the history of the island so it is impossible to understand one without the other. The museum and the people that work there do an amazing job of bring the island's history to life and explains why the island is the way it is today.

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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 fall. We're so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history from some of our amazing museum staff and through our various exhibits. Thank you so much for visiting, and we hope to see you again someday the next time you visit the island! More 

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I can't imagine going to Nantucket and skipping the Whaling Museum, especially if you're a first-timer. A visit here sets the context for a well-informed visit to the island ... the island's history as a whaling center is so fundamental to its identity. The exhibits are well done, and the staff is incredibly helpful and welcoming. Make sure you go... More 

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

Dear Debra, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum last year. We're so flattered at your recommendation that all first-time Nantucket visitors spend a little time with us during their trip to this amazing island. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed our collections, as well as our expert museum staff, who truly bring... More 

Nantucket, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Whaling Museum is a highlight of anyone's visit to Nantucket and a particularly welcome spot on a rainy day! Do try to arrive in time for the movie "Nantucket". Check with the museum for times. The Museum is good for children as well as adults.

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

Thank you for your review of your visit last fall to the Whaling Museum. We're so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed some of our daily programs, such as our signature "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns. Thank you very much for visiting, and we hope to see you back at the museum again soon! More 

Walnut Creek, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A well laid out museum with a lot of interesting displays. The videos and docent discussions were very helpful in understanding the whaling history of the island.

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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're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through some of our signature programs, as well as from listening to some of our expert museum guides. Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see your on your next trip back... More 

Florida
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97 reviews 97 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Very good history stop for Nantucket, we took a family of 6 including (4 teen to 20's children) Slightly pricy, but HEY what isn't pricy in NANTUCKET

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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 summer. We're so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your experience together during your time with us. Hopefully, you got to enjoy not only the museum, but the six additional historic sites that are all included on one conveniently-priced All-Access Pass admission ticket. We... More 

New England
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92 reviews 92 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

What a wonderful museum. Best discussion of whaling (better than the whaling museum in New Bedford, even), and we also enjoyed the walking tours. Highly recommend--a "must see" when visiting Nantucket.

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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 thrilled to hear that you enjoyed some of our daily signature programming like the Whale Hunt presentation and the Essex Gam, as well as our historic downtown walking tours. We thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we hope to see... More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

The Festival of Trees was good to see and the volunteer who told us the story of the Essex was absolutely worth going for.

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

Dear Sean, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the museum during our annual Festival of Trees holiday tradition, and that you were also able to learn about some of Nantucket's rich history from one of our expert museum staff members. Thank you... More 

Salem, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

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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9 reviews 9 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 

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