Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)
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J D
United States164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
A fascinating museum from a repurposed whale processing plant honoring the whaling tradition of Pico Island and the Azores. There's a fascinating documentary made before whaling was banned in the Azores in 1982 (respecting the issuance of a global moratorium on whaling).

Some wonder examples of scrimshaw as well.
Written April 23, 2022
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Walk With Me
San Francisco, CA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A great stop to learn about the history of the whaling industry of Pico. Fantastic B&W film from the 70’s tells the tale. A beautifully executed Maritime museum complete with a library, and changing exhibits
Written March 7, 2024
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Kay B
London, UK371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
It was quite upsetting to see the whale trade history - photos of magnificent whales being killed and gutted for their oil - they didn't eat the meat. It's a small museum but only 2 euros to go in and they have the old equipment and vehicles they used to use for the whale trade which ended in 1984. I'm glad I went but be prepared to be upset.
Written September 24, 2019
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Alan B
28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Not the biggest museum in the world neither the smallest.
Welcome is good
Collections are great, their shape is so well cared that we can't help to touch it (sorry to the guard, touching is of course forbidden)
You can feel life at whale hunt time
If you need interactive media you will have a short documentary in English or Portuguese that explain well the life in the late 50's / early 60's

Thank you
Written October 19, 2018
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mukesh b
Sweden66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This was a nice place to visit to understand the significance of whaling during the history of Azores, especially the island of pico.
Good collection of artifacts.
Nice place to be if the weather is not favorable outside.
Written June 10, 2018
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Derek McL
Glasgow, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Excellent small museum. Exhibits well laid out . Good information albeit sad about the whaling operation in Pico
Black and White film superb
Written November 4, 2020
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Ine R
Genk, Belgium11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Nice museum which does not only show the history of whaling on the island but also art related to whales. They play a short movie on whaling alternately in Portuguese and English
Written August 5, 2019
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Deborah M
Worthing, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Very good little museum, minimal entry fee and very interesting exhibits. Highlight for us was the 1970 documentary on whaling on the island, very armospheric. Some caution needed for sensitive (vegetarian) children.
Written August 6, 2018
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Evenstar29
Düsseldorf, Germany468 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
As participants of the whale watching tour offered by Espaco Talassa you get free entry to the Whaler's Museum. There you will find some information about the history of whale hunting on the Azores. A film shows you how whaler's life used to be. All in all you learn a lot about whale hunting but I was missing something. Some kind of structure like this is how the hunted, this is how they used the whales , why they abandoned it.... Like this it was just a nice display of things from the time.
Written August 2, 2018
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amerazor
Dartmouth, MA125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Coming from the New Bedford (Mass) area, I had a good understanding of whaling from the whaling ships that stayed out for 2-4 years and was curious about Azores land-based whaling. This museum provides a comprehensive and in-depth perspective.

The video they provide was an excellent introduction and overview of the tail-end of this period. The exhibits go back to the beginning when Azores whale from the big ships returned home, and how the Azores evolved their whaleboats for land-based whaling.

It also provides a good understanding of how the whalemen all had other occupations, since whaling was only done when spotters from shore saw whales. The second floor of the middle house showed many examples of farming tools using during the 19th century as well as many photographs from the early 20th. It also includes some exhibits from the Lajes Divino Espirito Santo, a religious brotherhood that exemplifies much of Azores culture.

And the people working there are very well informed. One of them, Celia, patiently listened and answered all of my questions, refusing to speculate when she dithe facts, something rare these days.

Very highly recommended!
Written October 26, 2017
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