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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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Canandaigua
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Stopped by here on a recent day trip to Nantucket, and I'm glad I did. I learned so much about whaling and Nantucket history! My group started by listening to presentation on the history of whaling in Nantucket - it was great, and the presenter was so knowledgeable and engaging. While the museum is small, its filled with a lot... More

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massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Took architecture and city tours; knowledgeable, enthusiastic guides. Checked out of hotel and museum had closet where we could leave luggage before catching ferry to mainland.

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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140 reviews 140 reviews
30 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

A good local museum dedicated to the whaling industry. We had just been to the New Bedford MA whaling museum a few days earlier. I'd say New Bedford is much better. It's bigger and has a greater selection of artifacts, including an amazing collection of scrimshaw. The Nantucket museum shows a film about the industry in its largest space. Unfortunately,... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Excellent the explanations are made by real persons , not only films You have to invest time Excellent to carrying children Whois are in school age

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Kansas City, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The children's craft time is amazing. Staff is helpful and patient. the museum is interesting as well, but the kid's area is outstanding

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Sarasota, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 via mobile

Great museum which details the history of whaling. Not to be missed. This was our second time here and we enjoyed it as much the second time as we did the first. The first time we had young grandkids with us, about 10 and they loved it. This time a couple our age and again it was a hit. There... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Even if you are or were not a history major, you'll find this place fascinating. My wife loved it--and she was surprised how much so. The staff was very knowledgeable and fun. This is worth the price of admission--and there is a charge to get in. Maybe(?) not for small children, but then again maybe so. We sent a good... 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 and your wife enjoyed your time with us and that you had a great experience with our very knowledgeable museum staff. We're happy that you found the value in our All-Access Pass admission ticket, which gets you a visit not... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Only had one day to spend on Nantucket - wish it was more! So much to see and do on such a tiny island. The Whaling Museum had so much to offer, I didn't get to see it all. I also took the bus tour around the island. Our driver was most informative and amusing! Thoroughly enjoyed my time and... More

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

Dear Karen, 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 during your short time with us. We do hope that you're able to come back at some point and see all that we have to offer! Thank you very much for visiting and we look... More

Grafton, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This museum focuses on the whaling industry's impact on the history of Nantucket. There are three floors to explore with all sorts of artifacts including a whale skeleton, spermaceti, a first edition of Moby Dick, and scrimshaw among others There was a film and a docent, both telling stories of whaling. The rooftop was open to the public as well... More

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