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Whaling Museum

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Address: 15 Broad Street, P.O. Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: +1 508-228-1894
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 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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As first time visitors to Nantucket, we found the Whaling Museum to be very informative, especially the film.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Avon, CT
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Avon, CT
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

As first time visitors to Nantucket, we found the Whaling Museum to be very informative, especially the film.

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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 thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience learning about Nantucket's rich history through some of our daily programming, such as the signature "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns. Thank you very much for visiting and we hope to see you again! More 

Boston
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The concise best tourism introduction is all in their movie (twice a day, 1 hour-long). In our case, after pedaling the bicycles (from Young's Bike rental) for days, on our last day, we paid the visits to some of their historic sites included in all-day pass at $20 (the Oldest House, Old mill, and others). Then we had enough time... More 

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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 learning about the island's rich history through some of our signature offerings, like the "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns. We're also thrilled that you were able to visit our Historic Sites as well during your trip, and that you... More 

Glastonbury, CT
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit for both adults and children. The museum exhibits many authentic items from Nantucket's whaling history. Additionally, several times a day, a movie depicting Nantucket is shown. Each day a live narrative concerning the ill fated whaling vessel "Essex" is given in a multi-media format. This museum is hosted by a staff of friendly and knowledgeable... More 

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

Dear James, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled that you enjoyed learning about the island's rich history through our various exhibitions, as well as some of signature programs, like the "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns and the Essex Gam. We're also glad that you had a great experience with our staff... More 

Houston
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Close by and friendly, nice people and much history. SO much history and artifacts. Great building, tours and gift shop. Will certainly come back!

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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 thrilled to hear that you enjoyed all that the museum has to offer, including our expert staff, exhibitions, as well as the Museum Shop. We're glad that you had a good time learning about Nantucket's rich history, and we do hope you'll come back and visit... More 

DeKalb
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Whaling was brutal for all involved, but it was a way of life. Very interesting. Nantucket was a world whaling center for many decades, but then all that went away with the discovery of drillable petroleum. Very hard on the whales, but a tough way of life for the people also.

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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 glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history as the former whaling capital of the world. We thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we hope that you come visit us again someday! More 

Launceston, UK
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167 reviews 167 reviews
30 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Very informative museum about the whaling trade back in the 1800s - stories of power and tragedy abound. Good displays and helpful staff make this a must see if you visit 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 glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich whaling history, and that you enjoyed your experience with our museum staff as well as our exhibitions. We're honored that you consider the Whaling Museum a "must see if you visit Nantucket!" Thank you very... More 

Bellevue, Ne, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Great historical perspective of the island. The two films shown are a must see. Artifacts give reality of the implements they used to kill the wales and the artistic talent of these men.

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

Dear Timothy, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the island. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about the island's rich history through some of our exhibitions as well as our signature programs, like the "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns. We thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, and... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Everyone needs to go to this museum. Completely redone a few years ago it is simply one of the best museums you will ever go to. Concise, detailed, lots of great exhibits and movies explaining Nantucket's important roll in the 1800's.

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

Dear Eric, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum last year. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the improvements that were made to the museum when it was renovated in 2005. What an honor to be considered one of the "best museums you will ever go to!" We're glad you enjoyed learning about the... More 

Cumberland, ME
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Lots of artifacts and information explaining about the history of whaling on Nantucket. We especially enjoyed the exhibit about the Essex -- picking a card representing one of the men who began the voyage, and moving from station to station to see what happened to him. Was he cannibalized? Was he the executioner? Did he survive the ordeal? And so... More 

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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 learning about Nantucket's rich history, including the story of the ill-fated whaleship Essex. We're glad you enjoyed the experience using the "crew cards" in the "Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days" major exhibition, and we... More 

Port Jefferson Station, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Take your time to read all the interesting information and enjoy the movie about Nantucket. Be sure not to miss the rooftop views.

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

Dear Tina, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad that you enjoyed your experience in the museum, as well as the view from the rooftop observation deck. We agree - the unparalleled views of Nantucket harbor are not to be missed! Thank you so much for taking the time to write... More 

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