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Whaling Museum

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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed visiting the Whaling Museum throughout our day, as we took a break for lunch between the docent talk and movies being shown. We really were able to grasp the significance of the whaling industry on the island and the major role it played...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SaltLifeGal
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A must see if you are in Nantucket. The history presentation by the docent was so interesting. Ready the book "Heart of the Sea" before going to the museum.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jackiebennett2018
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Awesome, not your usual museum. Unique and educational, apart of history not often documented. Glad it was open.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David R
Reviewed 25 January 2019

No visit to Nantucket would be complete without a visit to this little gem. Since having read Moby Dick a couple of years back, it was a dream of mine to visit Nantucket and the whaling museum in order to gain a greater understanding of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 January 2019

Better that I thought. Very knowledgable museum staff - learned alot - interesting artifacts - don't miss the whaling video and chat.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank me-gva
Reviewed 31 December 2018

The Whaling Museum was a high point of our November visit to Nantucket. The displays are engaging and informative, and the docent presentation was very well presented. We got a good sense of the history of the island. My only regret about our visit overall...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank p23brown
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

A small museum with a lot of history and information packed into it. We especially enjoyed the storytelling presentation about the life of a whaler. A must-do when you are on Nantucket!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank amih329
Reviewed 26 December 2018

The Whaling Museum's Christmas Tree festival was a delightful addition. The museum is interesting and very engaging.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jennifer O
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Absolutely interesting and a learning adventure. I expected to hear a sad story about the whaling industry and instead was told a story about the early colonial population and inhabitants, we learned so much and wished we had more time to go back and enjoy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank twhite3001
Reviewed 11 December 2018

What a special place ! Loved the presentation as we arrived and the exhibits. Unfortunately I was not able to stay as long as I would have liked due to ferry schedule. If I return to Nantucket this will be my first stop !

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lo W
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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.