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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Interesting and Fun

Educational and historically interesting . In addition to a large skeleton off a dinosaur, the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jerry R
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Acton, Massachusetts
Must-see in Nantucket

Great museum that is well worth a couple of hours. Intro film by Rick Burns provides whaling... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
MSmith338
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Alexandria, Virginia
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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 and candle factory, and countless Nantucket artifacts and treasures. A relaxing, fully-accessible rooftop observation deck offers stunning views of Nantucket harbor.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Educational and historically interesting . In addition to a large skeleton off a dinosaur, the Museum has 30 minute movie about the island and its history. If you go in late afternoon, you will be there for sunset, with a terrific view of some of...More

Thank Jerry R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great museum that is well worth a couple of hours. Intro film by Rick Burns provides whaling context of Nantucket, shows its historical development to the present, and is skillfully produced. Exhibits are artfully presented; many unique objects. Highly recommend.

Thank MSmith338
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An interesting look into the early history of the island and the industry on which it was built. The museum has a fantastic collection of scrimshaw and the custodians are extremely knowledgable. We arrived just in time for the whale hunt presentation and really enjoyed...More

Thank Janette W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I only knew about this place from watching the latest / last season of the Gilmore Girls that came out on Netflix in 2016. The museum did not disappoint! There was indeed a Whale Hunt Presentation, like the one Emily Gilmore gives in the last...More

Thank NycElle
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Take a trip back in time with young man as he joins a whaling crew in the film and presentation in the main hall. It's really well done! You learn not only about the whales, but about the lifestyle, the challenges, the obstacles, the conditions....More

Thank LaurieR802
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The museum is small and does not take long to go through but they have some presentations that I would recommend which add on time-we went on a guided tour of the museum and watched a talk on whaling and both were great. Each of...More

Thank clearfieldtoothpullr
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This must be the biggest attraction for a long way around. The building is spacious and well air conditioned.The exhibits and artefacts are copious and well displayed. For me the highlight was a one hour presentation on the history of whaling given by a retired...More

Thank RRJ55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice museum, but it was the movies that truly told the story. Very well done. Helps you understand why Nantucket is a special place. Great historical perspective.

Thank Beachdeac
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the museum. Lots of neat things to see and very well organized for viewing. We enjoyed the film and really enjoyed the speaker. We would definitely recommend this place if you're interested in history

Thank 78KarenR621
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent presentations by the staff - really glad we took the time to do this on our last day on the island.

Thank HC-and-MC
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georgiairene2017
22 August 2017|
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Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Georgia, Our museum does not operate whale watching tours. We recommend contacting Nantucket Visitor Services or the Chamber of Commerce to find a company that provides these sort of offerings. We hope you'll come... More
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JoAlice101
4 May 2017|
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Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Service dogs are the only dogs that are allowed in the Whaling Museum. If your dog is a service dog, you may bring it with you during your visit, otherwise, animals are not permitted. Thank you!
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Ben H
23 October 2016|
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Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Ben, Yes, the Whaling Museum is wheelchair accessible. We have elevators that go from the first floor all the way up to our rooftop observation deck, as well as a wheelchair lift in our historic 1847 candle factory. We... More
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