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Whaling Museum

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A Must-See to Learn About Nantucket's History

I was very glad that my husband and I visited the Whaling Museum, though I wish we had allowed more... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Elizabeth A
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Elmwood Park, Illinois, United States
A fascinating and well presented historical account

We had only two and a half hours for this amazing museum and so could have used more time. One of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
cloudyskiies
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Seattle, Washington
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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...more
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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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We visited the museum on a rainy afternoon and listened to a tale of the Essex ship before looking around at all of the artifacts, etc. It was interesting but I think we spent far less time looking around than we had originally anticipated(which made...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I was very glad that my husband and I visited the Whaling Museum, though I wish we had allowed more time, especially because other Nantucket historical sites are included in the admission price. The exhibits are very informative and the full-size whale skeleton is something...More

Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had only two and a half hours for this amazing museum and so could have used more time. One of the very best small museums we've visited in many years of travel both in the U.S. and Europe.

Thank cloudyskiies
Reviewed 4 days ago

Admittedly wasn't going into the museum with high hopes. I was so wrong. What a fascinating excursion with very knowledgable persons telling stories and explaining exhibits throughout the museum. Really a wealth of knowledge, both with those who work there, but also the well laid...More

Thank rmc1971
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved to learn about the history of this little island. The view from the observation deck was also great! The full whale skeleton in the main hall was from a whale that dies of natural causes which made me feel a little better about it.

Thank agmirra
Reviewed 4 days ago

There is a lot to see in this museum. It is laid out over multiple floors and multiple themed areas. The museum gives you insight into Nantucket's role in the whaling industry.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Whaling Museum is a small, specialty museum that explains the history of whaling in Nantucket and is housed in an old whale oil factory. The museum is located near downtown Nantucket, MA and is a short walk from the ferry pier. This attraction is...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Nothing compares to this history experience for that that love the sea and the maritime history of New England. For a time whale oil lit the world.

Thank WilliamDuffy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must visit historical location. Well laid out, interesting artifacts. You will learn an amazing amount of information and be thoroughly impressed by what you see at this easily accessible friendly location. Make it a priority to visit the whaling museum.

Thank jammer031
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great exhibits and information on the history of whaling. There is a video that runs in a continuous loop and a great observatory deck on the top floor. You can see the entire town from the deck.

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Mollie V
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Response from Lori H | Reviewed this property |
I don't know; we walked from the pier, which is an easy 10 minutes.
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