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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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Reesekittymoe
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

The whaling museum was a fantastic snapshot of the history of the whaling community and hardship experienced and also what made Nantucket so special. We watched the 25 mins narration- the guide did an awesome job and was very engaging, she did not lose me once and answered a lot of the questions as she is well versed in the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We only had 6 hours on the island but felt it was important to visit the museum first based upon prior reviews. It was perfect and the right way to plan your visit. We tool the steamship authority ferry a At 8:15 and arrived in Nantucket at 9:15. We walked around town for 45 minutes until the museum opened at... More

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Bermuda
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46 reviews 46 reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

A very interesting and well presented exhibit not to be missed if you have the opportunity. You will leave with a better understand of how Nantucket is what it is today.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We went to see the Whaling Museum and the entry fee also included multiple historical sites around town. Im so glad we took advantage of it the next day and learned more.

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

Dear Yvette, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled that you found the value in our All-Access Pass admission ticket and were able to get to some of our historic sites during your trip. That truly is the best way to experience Nantucket's rich history, and we're so glad to hear you... More

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118 reviews 118 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Very good overview of Nantucket Island and the history of whaling in America. Actual whaling boats and scale models of whaling ships. The presentations by local historians followed by question and answer sessions were excellent - nice gift shop. Very pleasant rooftop deck with view of harbor and city. elevators available.

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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 that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history from some of our special artifacts, such as our authentic whaleboat. We're also glad to hear that you enjoyed some of our daily signature programming from our excellent museum staff, who truly bring the island's history to... More

CAPE COD, MA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The documentary film was amazing! The general atmosphere and helpful staff did so much to help us get the maximum enjoyment of our rather short visit! We left our bags in a secure closet enroute to the nearby ferry. I would definitely recommend at least 3 hours or more to see the exhibits, sadly we didn't have that much time.

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

Thank you for your review of your very recent trip to the Whaling Museum. We're are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed some of our signature daily programming, like the "Nantucket" film by Ric Burns. We're also glad that you had such a positive experience with our expert museum staff. Hopefully some day you be able to return and spend... More

Naples, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

The Whaling Museum was a huge surprise. It was very well done...and we did not allow enough time to go through it the way we wanted too after we got in there. It deserves a good half day on your agenda. The documentary films are excellent. Their attention to detail on all of their exhibits were very well done.

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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 are so happy to hear that you were pleasantly surprised by your experience. We understand that it can be easy to lose track of time when you're here, but we are glad that you were able to enjoy some of our signature programming and... More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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141 reviews 141 reviews
18 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

1. Authentic whaling artifacts 2. Stories told by docents were excellent and very entertaining 3. Visuals really helped us understand the whaling process and the history of Nantucket's whaling fame 4. Beautiful building and exhibits 5. Gift shop had unique gifts with diverse prices 6. All staff friendly and very helpful 7. Visual Media successfully supported understanding of the whaling... 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 thrilled to hear about all the different reasons that the museum is your "favorite place to go," and we are honored to have so many qualities on your list! We're so glad that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history with some of our artifacts, daily... More

Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

A fine museum with great speakers and videos, plus exhibits telling the story of whaling and it's importance in making Nantucket.

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

Dear Max, Thank you for your review of your recent visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed some of our signature daily programming, as well as our various exhibits showing the many different layers of Nantucket history. We thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, and we hope that we'll... More

Maryville, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very informative movie and many artifacts. Allow 2 hours to really see everything. Well worth a visit.

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

Dear Sheri, 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 with some of our signature daily programming as well as our collection. We agree that it can be very easy to spend a lot of time here, so we're glad that you were... More

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