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“A must see experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum
Ranked #1 of 83 things to do in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Largo, FL
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94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“A must see experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

This was the highlight of our trip to the island. The museum gives such a wonderful overview of the history of both the island and whaling, and the development of the island over time. We did not get there at opening so we did miss the 51 minute movie that unfortunately, they only show once a day. However, we were there in time to catch the lecture on the history of whaling on the island. The woman who talked was a great speaker, and extremely knowledgeable about the subject. There was a combination of slides, motion picture, and objects available for her to hold up and explain the use of. We learned a lot during the 30 min presentation. The rest of the museum is a combination of the history of the island, its first inhabitants all the way up to present day. They have some wonderful scrimshaw items on display as well as other products made from whale bone and teeth that were quite fascinating.

Visited September 2012
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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
It was truly a delight to read your review of the Whaling Museum! Our mission is to provide our visitors with a comprehensive experience that conveys the depth and intrigue of Nantucket's history and we are thrilled that your visit provided you with such an overview. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the presentation, the artifacts, and our collections. Normally, we do screen our film, Nantucket: a film by Ric Burns, twice daily. On the day that you visited we had a special event and, therefore, had only one screening. We hope that you have the opportunity to visit us again in the near future!
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Noblesville, Indiana, United States
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“A Must Stop in Nantucket”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

We spent parts of two days in the whaling museum. Well worth the time. Good programs, good videos and great exhibits.

Visited September 2012
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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Joe, thank you for your review of the programs, exhibits, and film at the Whaling Museum. We are so glad that you spent part of two days with us and hope to see you again!
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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“A little gem right in town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

A beautiful museum and a pleasurable way to spend a couple of hours. Don't miss the film about Nantucket by Ric Burns. It is truly beautiful.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Lauren, thank you for your review! I particularly like the title of your review - as it captures our location and the museum's fascinating collections and intriguing programs. We are delighted that you visited the Whaling Museum and enjoyed Nantucket: a film by Ric Burns. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Awesome Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

This museum is a must to visit when in Nantucket. The exhibits were excellent. During the day, there are programs. We saw the movie and a show all about whaling. Both were very good. We spent the whole morning at the museum. We loved the gift shop also. This was one of the best things we did while in Nantucket.

Visited September 2012
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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
Thank you very much for your wonderful review of the Whaling Museum. It is so inspiring to read your experience in our museum. We are delighted that you were able to spent the morning, see the film, engage in the programs, and enjoy the gift shop with its many intriguing books and gifts that reflect Nantucket and its history. We hope to see you again!
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Oneonta, New York
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“Bravo for The Essex Gam, Don’t miss out on this presentation!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

The Essex Gam was a super oral presentation done by a woman who sat by a whaling boat. She was the highlight of my time in the museum. She presented the story of the Essex it was an American whale ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts. The ship, captained by George Pollard, Jr., was widely known for being attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820 - an incident that served as inspiration for Herman Melville's 1851 novel, Moby-Dick. This is what I came to Nantucket for. She presented the true past of this Island. No one has to be ashamed of the historyof Nantucket. This is part of the fabric of America.
I felt that the film Nantucket did not live up to the hype. The Nantucket historical association should drop this film. So what every place in America is special. Nantucket does not need to apologize for its past. Nantucket is what it is, America.

Visited September 2012
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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the presentation of the Essex Gam. It is truly a fascinating presentation on a deeply intriguing story told with passion by our docents. We appreciate that you shared your experience at the Whaling Museum and passed along your enthusiasm.
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