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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 2013
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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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I enjoy visiting this museum almost every time I'm on island. The displays and artifacts are amazing. Every year they have a new theme with a movie. The tour guides are very helpful. They also offer children's classes to make a replica of something from the whaling days. Once you pay the admission you also get admission to several other... More

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Considering that Nantucket was the waiting capital of the world this is a piece of history captured in a museum!

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great history and knowledge staff. Lots to see and learn. Definitely a must visit when in Nantucket!

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

Thank you so much for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum last year. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience in the museum and interacting with the fantastic museum staff. And of course, thank you for declaring the Whaling Museum a "must visit when on Nantucket." We agree! We thank you for visiting and we... More

Devens, Massachusetts
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95 reviews 95 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Rated as "one of the places you should visit before you die" and I am glad I did. Only open because they were hosting part of the 36 hour reading of Moby Dick, which added tremendously to its charm.

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

Dear Kathy, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. While we are normally closed in January for winter maintenance, we're thrilled that you were able to visit during the annual 24 hour Moby-Dick Marathon reading recently. It's community events like this that truly make Nantucket such a special place. We thank you so much... More

Bath
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

The maritime history and staff knowledge was amazing. Well worth a visit when on the island. Was unsure about visiting from the exterior but I had to be dragged out as we ran out of time!

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

Dear Regan, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum last fall. We're thrilled to hear about your positive interaction with the amazing museum staff members that help bring Nantucket's rich history to life. We're sorry that you weren't able to see everything, but we certainly hope to see you on your next visit to the... More

Warwick, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We loved the history of this place , really awesome , the store is really nice and the view from the top was just amazing .

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

Dear Jeremy, Thank you so much for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum last summer. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the your experience in the museum, as well as in the Museum Shop. We agree, the recently renovated rooftop observation deck provides unparalleled views of the Nantucket harbor that are not to be missed! Thank... More

Pembroke, Massachusetts
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102 reviews 102 reviews
52 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Lovely museum for Nantucket history and culture. Seasonal event for the wreaths and trees at Christmas are always fun

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

Dear Caryn, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through our many artifacts and exhibits. Although the museum is always interesting on its own, there is something truly special about it during the holiday season, and we're thrilled that you enjoyed... More

Cotuit, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The whaling history is fascinating,and there are so many aspects-the ships,the captains,the whale mammal,uses for the whale blubber and oil,the arts created at sea,etc. We were there for the Christmas tree festival. Wonderful!

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

Dear Michael, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history during the heyday of whaling. While the process of whaling is interesting in itself, there's something extra special about experiencing it during the Festival of Trees in the month of December. We... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We love the whaling museum. The exhibits are of a very high and interesting quality, and the special talks and films are also very interesting. The best part of the museum for us is the children's activities room. Each afternoon they run special crafts activities for children, free once one pays for admission to the museum. My very active grandson... More

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

Thank you so much for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum this past summer. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through our exhibits, as well as some of our signature programming, such as the Whale Hunt presentation, the Essex Gam, and the "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns. We're so glad that... More

new york city
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is more than an educational spot. Of course you can learn a lot of things you never knew. But the whole place is such a treat for all kinds of people or all ages except infants. No other museum as far as I know devotes such time and efforts to display what is the essence of this wonderful island,... 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 this past summer. We agree that there is something here for everyone, from our daily programming to the Discovery Room, our designated area for children to learn and play. We're glad you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through our many artifacts, including our very own 45-foot sperm... More

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