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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 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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Fantastic museum

This is a great museum right in town, easily accessible and chockful of interesting displays and island history. We heard a presentation accompanied with video of Nantucket... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Fallston, Maryland
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Fallston, Maryland
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum right in town, easily accessible and chockful of interesting displays and island history. We heard a presentation accompanied with video of Nantucket whaling, then toured tge rest on our own including beautiful scrimshaw and a moving display explaining the fate of The Essex. All was topped off by a visit to the deck which offers... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Whaling Museum will entertain and educate all ages -- it gives you an appreciation for the history of Nantucket Island, and for the historic preservation that's makes the island so special.

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Tuscany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A great place to learn about Nantucket's history as one of the great whaling capitals of the world...and of one of the most important cities in America.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I remember when the whale washed ashore, they did a great job putting the skeleton together, fascinating to see....

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Always a great way to spend a rainy day while learning about the interesting history of the Island. Gift shop is also a great place to find unique gifts at a reasonable price

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Baltimore, Md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Although the men that went down to the sea in ships from Nantucket harbor had no reckoning of the damage they were causing hunting one of the earth's most magnificent creatures. It is to me fascinating visiting The Whaling Museum and learning of their history. The hardships they endured, the years away from home.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Leave plenty of time to see around the museum, as the presentations are so good that you will want to spend time in the theater as well.

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Woodstock, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Should be everyone's first stop on the island. It gives the background that you need to explore and understand such a unique island

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Philly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Was on ACK for a week and had to find something to do on a rainy afternoon - glad we decided to visit the Whaling Museum. In general, i'm not a museum fan - but the Whaling Museum and its volunteer tour guides did a great job bringing to life the world of Nantucket during its economic heyday, when it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Very well done all around. Interesting history, educational films and multi-media presentations make for a great experience. The current 'In the Heart of the Sea' exhibit is a big bonus.

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Additional Information about Whaling Museum

Address: Address: 15 Broad Street, P.O. Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: +1 508-228-1894
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Nantucket
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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