I spent about 30 minutes at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum. This museum wasn’t for me. However, anyone interested in the Whaling Era will love it. The collections include navigational tools, whaling implements, model ships, scrimshaw, whale bones, paintings of whaling vessels and portraits of ship captains.
I’m not a whale and maritime enthusiast, but I did appreciate the Greek Revival style mansion the museum is housed in, with its Corinthian columns, roof ornaments, and whale jawbones framing the front door. The spiral staircase with a view of the dome is not to be missed. It made my visit worthwhile. Be sure to see the nearby Old Whalers’ Church, also designed by the prominent architect Minard Lafever.