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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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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Gives a sense of the history of Nantucket from whaling industry to where it is today. Great viewing area on the roof. Kids will love it, so much to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Stella H
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Watertown, Connecticut
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Acton, Massachusetts
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28 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Modern museum was well organized with interesting exhibits. We caught a staff introductory talk which was excellent. Without attending the talk the museum would not be worth it to me given the cost. Given the subject matter there was nothing that I saw about conservation of whales which was a pity as they had the opportunity to make a presentation... More 

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Watertown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Gives a sense of the history of Nantucket from whaling industry to where it is today. Great viewing area on the roof. Kids will love it, so much to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a great place to learn all about ACK history. It's in the heart of downtown so no excuses to miss it.

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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. We're so thrilled that you have enjoyed your experience with us learning about Nantucket's rich history. We pride ourselves on keeping the interest of locals and seasonal visitors alike, so we're glad to hear that you recognized that! Thank you so much for taking the time to write... More 

Manchester, New Hampshire
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You have to stop by if your visiting the island. It helps to deepen your appreciation for the history of the island...making it what 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 glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about the island's rich history during your time with us, and we thank your for taking the time to write a review. Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you again on your next trip back... More 

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

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

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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18 reviews 18 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
34 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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 

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