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Whaling Museum

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Address: 15 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: +1 508-228-1894
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Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at...

The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at this museum.

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This museum was phenomenal! The history of the Nantucket as the whaling capital of the world was incredibly outlined in this wonderful museum and the gift shop had a variety of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Winter Springs, Florida, United States
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Winter Springs, Florida, United States
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum was phenomenal! The history of the Nantucket as the whaling capital of the world was incredibly outlined in this wonderful museum and the gift shop had a variety of high quality treasures to remember your visit!

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Jerri, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us learning about Nantucket and its rich history. We're also glad that you enjoyed our award-winning Museum Shop, the perfect place to pick up a nautical or Nantucket-themed souvenir for everyone on your list! We... More 

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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum for all ages! Stay for the video presentation and don't miss a chance to look off the upper deck out to the harbor! Excellent museum store across the street from the best ice cream in the world!

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear John, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about the island's rich history through some of our signature daily programs. We agree - the view of the harbor from our rooftop observation deck is not-to-be-missed! We thank you for visiting and for taking the time... More 

Anchorage, Alaska
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41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great exhibit of the Essex. Many actual artifacts from the actual boat. Nicely done exhibit. Have to view quickly as I wanted to do the local tour with a "knowledgeable" local. That was a waste of time and money. She didn't seem to know a whole lot that I didn't and she seemed to ramble on and on about nothing.... More 

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history, including the story of the ill-fated Nantucket whaleship Essex. We're sorry to hear about your time on the walking tour, as we strive to give all of our visitors the an amazing historical experience during their... More 

Bolton Landing, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were amazed by the second order Fresnel Lighthouse light in the museum. There is so much history on Nantucket.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Diane, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through some of our various collections and artifacts, like the Fresnel Lens from 1849. We thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review, and we hope to see... More 

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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is definitely a "must see" when you visit the island of Nantucket! I would recommend visiting the museum as one of your first outings when you arrive on island as it will give you the history of Nantucket and definitely enhance your understanding of the island. This museum was the highlight of my three days on Nantucket!

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Emily, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about the island's rich history during your time with us. We're also thrilled that you enjoyed our award-winning Museum Shop, the perfect place to pick up Nantucket and maritime-themed souvenirs for all the people on your list!... More 

Westport, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During an off-season December get-away I visited the Whaling Museum as I have an interest in maritime history. Nantucket's history is tied to the whaling industry of the 1700-1800's. The Whaling Museum is a must-see if it is the only thing you do while here. A wonderful 30 talk was given on what it was like to go out on... More 

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your off-season visit with us - sometimes that's the best time to be here! We're honored that you consider us to be a "must-see" and glad that you enjoyed the Whale Hunt presentation, one of our signature daily programs. We thank... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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162 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It's educational presentations brought the importance of whaling as an economic base to life. I was surprised to learn about the Wamanoag population as well. And the many scrimshaw artifacts as well as the rich history of families and traditions made it fascinating for the entire family. A must do!

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your experience with us learning about Nantucket's rich history. We're thrilled that you enjoyed our world-class scrimshaw gallery in addition to our various artifacts and exhibits. Thank you very much for visiting, and we hope to see... More 

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20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

This museum is a must see for anyone visiting Nantucket. In today's day and age, people visiting Nantucket do not appreciate the islands history, they just see it as a must go destination because of wealth and popularity. This is truly the heart of the island and one of the few lasting reminders of the islands rich past.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're honored that you would recommend us to anyone visiting and Nantucket and we're thrilled to hear how much you appreciate learning about the island's history. We thank you for visiting, and we look forward to seeing your on your next visit to the island! More 

Nantucket, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

As one who lives on Nantucket, being able to be a tourist in my own back yard doesn't usually happen, but during the past few months, I have accompanied visitors to our very special museum and loved every minute of it. This is a first-rate, top-notch museum experience and a fascinating look at the unique history of Nantucket and the... More 

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We are so honored to hear from a fellow member of the Nantucket community that has enjoyed the museum so much. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our new "Stove by a Whale" major exhibition, and we hoped it help get you excited for the release of... More 

Cheshire, Connecticut
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

This was my first visit to the Whaling Museum. What an interesting place! We visited during Christmas Stroll weekend and were able to see the Festival of Trees. The trees were so beautiful and unique....one more creative than the next. However, the real treat was the museum itself. It is a great place to learn about Nantucket's whaling history. We... More 

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Jack Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your inaugural experience with us, especially during such a magical time like our annual Festival of Trees. We're thrilled that you enjoyed some of our signature daily programs as well as the unparalleled view of the harbor from... More 

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