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Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

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Address: Rua dos Baleeiros 13, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-143, Portugal

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Good museum about the traditional livelihood of the islands

If you are squeamish about the history of whaling, then don't come to this. In fact, this is an important part of the history of his region. The film from the 1950s is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 17, 2016
Beth Ann L
Vancouver, Canada
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Portland, ME USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

The story of whaling, which become the history of the town, is lovingly displayed in this very fine museum dedicated to the people who lived and worked in this difficult trade. The scrimshaw display alone is amazing. Cringe worthy is the obligatory film made in the 70's by outsiders but it does capture the difficulty of this way of life.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

If you are squeamish about the history of whaling, then don't come to this. In fact, this is an important part of the history of his region. The film from the 1950s is interesting. I also loved the photographs of the whalers. The guide showed us around a bit, and it was all very enlightening. They have didactics in Portuguese... More 

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Oregon, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

The history of whaling on Pico and most of the Azores is explained in a movie, and by examples of equipment and pictures. Also have library on the subject. Sunday is a day that is free to visit. Can spend over an hour looking at the material.

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Marchegg, Austria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

When in the area visit this Museum dedicated to ancient Whale catchers from Azores. Together with the well apointed renovated "Whales factories" you get a really inside view of that activity and the hard work the people hat to go together with their normal fishing or agricultural jobs. Excellent display and show of scrimshaw art pieces. Modern style inserted in... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Before we went on a boat trip to watch the whales, we visited the museum. The tour started with a film that gives you a good idea how it was in the seventies and beautiful collection of photos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

With attention to detail and in a very careful way this museum has been put up, extending the old boat houses. The information it gives is very worth reading although the English texts are often full of (minor) mistakes. It has got just the right size and is worth a visit.

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Linkoping, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Easy accessible, staff speaks good English. Entrance fee only €2 for adults, which is well spent money. Has a 5 min movie in English that runs regularly, and is an old documentary from 70s about the whalers in Pico Island and their history - IT is rekommenderar to take time to watch. Fortunately this cruelty with catching whales using spears... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

The museum is a very good introduction to the very brutal whale hunting past of Lajes. It shows how the whaling has been organized, but foremost it presents the people behind it, who were risking their lives to chase and hunt the giant animals. There was a great exhibition of whalers photographs with the short stories of their lives. You... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

This small museum is housed in the sheds where the whaleboats were once kept. Entry fee is only €1 for older people. Prior to looking round it is worth watching the old film, giving a good insight into what a difficult and dangerous occupation it was to chase the sperm whales in small boats. Very interesting exhibits.

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Haacht, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

The museum is located in the former boat houses near the harbour, where the “canoas” for the whale hunt were kept. A few of these rowing boats can still be seen in the museum. Your visit starts with a 20-minute documentary about the whaling and is quite difficult to watch. The museum is small, but details all the aspects of... More 

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