Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum, Nantucket: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Whaling Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Whaling Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Whaling Museum, operated by the Nantucket Historical Association (founded in 1894), is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Featuring permanent and rotating exhibitions in 9 premium galleries, with over a thousand works of art, artifacts and treasures on display, it tells the Island's facinating stories over 4 centuries. Numerous daily programs by our interpreters, childrens' activities in the Discovery Center and intimate spotlight tours compliment the visit. The museum is home to a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, a massive Fresnel lens, a restored 1847 candle factory and a relaxing, fully-accessible rooftop deck offers stunning views of Nantucket harbor. Maximize your visit by going to our 9 historic homes and sites which are open to the public.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Lindell G
Tampa, FL8 contributions
Talk about brave tough men!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great and educational. Made you realize how tough these men had to be to do this job. Exhibits were sensational. Well worth while - don’t miss it. The gift shop is also quite nice.
Written October 12, 2021
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Melanie M
Dublin, OH275 contributions
Easy to get through
Sep 2021 • Couples
Very informative and easy to navigate. You don’t have to commit an entire day here, which is nice. It was off season when we went and not crowded at all. Get the online app that has narration throughout (you need your own headphones or listen on speaker). My only complaint is that they didn’t sell more lightship basket items in the gift shop.
Written October 11, 2021
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L jones
1 contribution
Fall trip
Oct 2021 • Friends
Great history of area including cape cod. Martha's Vineyard. New Bedford. Nice representation of Wamponoag history
Written October 7, 2021
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wabble22
Springfield, MO21 contributions
Whale of a Good Time
Sep 2021 • Couples
Fascinating museum. Well worth any time spent there. The films were informational. Be sure to go up to thebalcony to get a great view of the island.
Written September 22, 2021
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Carole B
113 contributions
Not Open & No Notice As To Why
Sep 2021 • Friends
The one place we had planned to visit on our trip to Nantucket is closed this week. There was simply a note taped on the front door Closed the week of the 20th September.
We love history & I had read that the Whaling Museum was the only place that gave the history of the island. Many visitors were standing outside the door & extremely frustrated.
Written September 20, 2021
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KCSpike61
KC67 contributions
The History of the Island
Sep 2021
Best place to learn about the history of Nantucket and the influence the island had on the world economy at one time.
Written September 19, 2021
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Donna L
Keene, NH40 contributions
A learning experience of Nantucket's history
Sep 2021
The museum presents a historic look at the many aspects of life before during and after the whaling days on Nantucket. The importance of whaling not only to Nantucket but to the rest of the world since Nantucket was the Whaling capital of the world. You can tour around with or without the audio tour through the many galleries featuring artifacts of the history, and culture on Nantucket. There is a Children's discovery room with hands on exhibits which would be a great family outing especially on a rainy day. There's plenty to see and hear to spark everyones interest. Don't forget to go up on the roof top to see the beautiful view of the Nantucket Harbor, boats, and the downtown.
Written September 18, 2021
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sonseekers
Rochester, NY284 contributions
Nice history lesson on Nantucket
Sep 2021
Worth watching the movies that are offered. Great history brought to life. The store attached is fantastic. The museum is a must do.
Written September 18, 2021
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Debra G
5 contributions
Entertaining and Informative
Sep 2021 • Family
Be entertained while discovering the traits that make Nantucket so different from the main land. Whaling in just a part of the story. Bravery, independence, tolerance, and ingenuity are things you will learn about too plus a 360 degree downtown from the rooftop that cannot be rivaled.
Written September 12, 2021
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Mike O
Philadelphia, PA30 contributions
A nice visit on a rainy day.
Sep 2021
The museum is loaded with artifacts and history of Nantucket's days as the whaling capital of the US. As far as history museums go, it was well above average. The building is beautiful, clean and very well maintained. The audio tour was not good. It was very difficult to follow and we got lost several times. Additionally, some the displays were out of sequence and some removed completely but they were not removed from the audio tour. It was very frustrating. If you are history buff I'd say it's a must do when visiting Nantucket. Otherwise I wouldn't give up a sunny day to do this tour.
Written September 11, 2021
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Whaling Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM