We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
Review Highlights
Great place

I love this place. This was my first time coming to this museum and it was pretty cool! Not only is... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
A Must See for a Thorough Historic Background of Nantucket

Highly recommend for those looking to have a good grounding on Nantucket history. Conservation... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Miami, Florida
Read all 1,156 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Restored in 2005, the Whaling Museum features top-quality exhibits and galleries, as well as daily programs and tours that bring to life the history of this magical island. The museum is home to a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, a restored 1847 oil and candle factory, and countless Nantucket artifacts and treasures. A relaxing, fully-accessible rooftop observation deck offers stunning views of Nantucket harbor.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“moby dick” (56 reviews)
“whale hunt” (25 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
Write a Review
Reviews (1,156)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 1,139 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love this place. This was my first time coming to this museum and it was pretty cool! Not only is it interesting and hands on but it is also great if you have kids! Definitely recommend coming to this place you will not regret...More

Thank NOEL G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Highly recommend for those looking to have a good grounding on Nantucket history. Conservation, preservation, and history are important threads running through Nantucket consciousness and the Nantucket Whaling Museum is no exception. The video on Nantucket history really brings together Nantucket's "birth" from glaciers to...More

Thank bodenmillermichelle
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place came highly recommended and after visiting we can see why. You will know the history of whaling after your visit - grit interesting. Our presenter on the life of a sailor on a whaling ship was one of the best presenters we've experienced...More

Thank jburns33
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Whaling Museum was our first stop upon arrival to Nantucket from the ferry. We were just there on a day trip. Admission was $20 (seemed a little high for such a small museum). We were able to see the whole museum in about 30...More

Thank cjauff
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a special place with the best roof view of Nantucket town. You walk into another world of whaling and the sea then climb the stairs to the roof and just say, WOW

Thank Avidtraveller525
Reviewed 3 days ago

You can't pass this up in Nantucket. It's seeping with history that will keep you fascinated for hours. Be sure to get the view of the harbour and the island from the top floor. Gift shop is filled with everything whales.

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nicely put together Museum with helpful staff. A very cute children's discovery room with precious staff. Neat movies and exhibits.

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent the day in Nantucket, and of course the whaling museum was a part of that. Would recommend this not so much for the museum itself (which was just fine), but for the on site guide you gave a 25 minute talk recounting the voyage...More

Thank TruebritSingapore
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Lots of interesting info about whaling and Nantucket. Lots of artifacts and the in person presentation was great. Worth a stop.

Thank gmgl138
Reviewed 1 week ago

Must see museum in Nantucket, the whale skeleton is really interesting to see. Friendly staff, great guides, really loved the Essex presentation. Definitely go up to the roof top deck, great view!

Thank Kalina M
Nearby Restaurants
The Juice Bar Homemade Ice Cream
478 reviews
.02 miles away
542 reviews
.07 miles away
Brotherhood of Thieves
919 reviews
.07 miles away
234 reviews
.07 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Steamship Authority
69 reviews
.11 miles away
Nantucket Atheneum
87 reviews
.09 miles away
First Congregational Church
67 reviews
.17 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
May 3, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Service dogs are the only dogs that are allowed in the Whaling Museum. If your dog is a service dog, you may bring it with you during your visit, otherwise, animals are not permitted. Thank you!
Ben H
October 22, 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Ben, Yes, the Whaling Museum is wheelchair accessible. We have elevators that go from the first floor all the way up to our rooftop observation deck, as well as a wheelchair lift in our historic 1847 candle factory. We... More
April 26, 2016|
Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Carla, Thank you for your question! The answer varies depending on the individual and the type of museum-goer that you are. We have some visitors that are very happy to spend 1-2 hours exploring our artifacts and... More