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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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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I had no idea how important and influential Nantucket whaling was in world and American history. The film was a wonderful history lesson. In another program, a docent told the chilling tale of the whaling ship, the Essex Gam. The artifacts were impressive -- the harpoons, whaling boat, rendering kettles, whale jaw, photographs, pastry wheels, etc. BUT the scrimshaw collection... More

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MetroDetroit
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9 reviews 9 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This museum has been expanded since our last visit, there was so much to see we'll definitely be back. Great family venue.

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Poughquag, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Small museum but lots of information about the island and a wonderful outdoor area on the roof walk with 360* views

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los angeles, ca
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73 reviews 73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

A wonderful museum to get a great history lesson on Nantucket and its whaling past. The docents are very knowledgeable and good storytellers that hold your attention during their presentations. Do not miss going up to the observation deck for a lovely view of the harbor!

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Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Have a whole new appreciation for Nantucket and its history from whaling to tourism and culture. The homes were beautiful. Loved the cobble stone streets.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had a very enjoyable experience at the Whaling Museum. We saw the Burns movie and stayed for the whale hunt presentation. It was a great way to learn about Nantucket's rich history. Would recommend to anyone visiting the Island.

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Brooklyn, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A thorough and well documented museum about the history of Nantucket and the whaling industry. A great place to visit especially on a rainy day!

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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Everyone in our group really enjoyed the whaling museum. Even if you aren't the "museum" type - give it a try. Enjoyable and educational, without being boring. History comes alive!

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

Dear Beth, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that your entire group enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history during your time with us. We strive to make the museum accessible for all kinds of visitors, so we're thrilled that you all had a great time. Thank you for... More

Naples, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

awesome helpful friendly staff, very well maintained, lots of interesting facts and artifacts. I felt like it was very well laid out and looked after

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

Dear Greg, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, from your interactions with our fantastic staff to enjoying our various collections and artifacts. We work very hard to ensure that the museum is neat and well-organized, and we will be sure to pass... More

Canandaigua
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you want to learn more about the history, this is a must-see. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and they have a unique collection of artifacts, including a sperm whale skeleton that washed ashore in the late 90's. Beautiful view of the area from the roof above. Take the time, go visit!

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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 here that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket history through some of our collections, including our 46-foot sperm whale skeleton! We're glad that you enjoyed your experience with our fantastic museum staff, and we will be sure to pass along your compliments. And we... More

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