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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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Howard Beach, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I learned a lot about the history of Nantucket. The kids section was great as it was hands on. Great for a rainy day.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We went on a cloudy afternoon. Arrived just in time for the 3pm presentation on whaling, which was really great. Scrimshaw, etc, were cool as well. Twenty bucks a bit steep for admission.

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Marlow, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed the whaling museum much more than I anticipated. The exhibits and explanation of the history of Nantucket are very interesting and worth a visit alone. However, there is also a rooftop terrace with stunning views of the harbour.

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Indianapolis
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Very informative museum exhibits illustrating the whaling industry as it existed in the mid 1800's. The Nantucket movie was good, but the multimedia presentation titled the "Whale Hunt" was excellent. All 4 kids enjoyed it, and our 2 hours spent there was well worth it. Would definitely consider it "can't miss" on Nantucket.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Must say beautiful renovated building...but $20 per person was A Real Turn off and you really need to be in history mode prior to walking in. Due to the fact I wasn't in that mode , it was hard to enjoy the surroundings around me.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Not very interactive but interesting just the same. Beautiful view from the roof, don't miss that part!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Perhaps the most must-see on the island. Everything beautifully done. Videos bring the whaling days, as well as the sadder days, to life. You'll hear as much about the community as about the whaling.

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Milford, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This was one of the primary reasons for our day trip to Nantucket and it was worth it. We spent about 1 1/2 hours there and all 5 of us (parents and teenagers) spent time reading the exhibits and learning about our early heritage as a whaling country. Worth a visit.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Loved watching the Nantucket movie. Great display of Nantucket history with life size whale displays. The movie is a little long for young children.

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Madison, AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a great place to start our Nantucket vacation. Friendly staff members and fascinating history of the island. The ticket price included passes to several other ticketed historical sites around Nantucket. Learning about history in the place where that history was made, from a native who is passionate about sharing the story is about as good as it gets.... More

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