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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 October 2018

If you stay for a weekend of for season! It’s such an amazing museum plus you get a ticket valid for many other attractions! If you want to get a real feeling of Nantucket history, this is where you find it.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Lada K
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

One would expect Nantucket to have a wonderful museum dedicated to the island's rich history of whaling. We were not disappointed. The exhibits were excellent and even the gift shop was a place a visitor could get lost in. Plan to spend 2-3 hours to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mwleonard
Reviewed 29 September 2018

Wonderful museum. The docents gave wonderful talks. You felt like you were on the Essex and part of the crew. The rooftop view is not to be missed. There are many exhibits. You could easily spend a day there and still not see everything. It...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Italy4X
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Since I am from the Midwest I knew next to nothing about the whaling industry and the history of it along the New England coast. This museum did not disappoint. We ended up using our one rainy day in Nantucket to explore this spot and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank monnie377
Reviewed 24 September 2018

My husband and I happened to stop by at the right time, just as a talk on the history of whaling on the island was starting. The speaker told us about so many interesting things and did so with a story line. Another thing we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

We began our day at the Whaling Museum. The ticket purchase is not only for this facility but for many other locations within walking distance. If you limit your day to the museum this is a pricey ticket. If you take advantage of seeing the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

For a small museum there is a lot to take in. Very well organized space, lots of richness and culture and detail. Gives you an amazing sense of how things evolved through the generations, feels like taking a journey thru time—recommend taking the time to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Terrence C
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

A quick and necessary stop to get the backstory to this amazing island. Hit the story tellers, spend an hour and a half and you can walk away being educated on the fascinating history of the town. A nice rooftop terrace with a view of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JKJK9801
Reviewed 19 September 2018

This plpace was great! Well organized & a timely talk by an authority on a whaling expedition some in our family had read a book about. The employees & volunteers were frienddly & easy to talk to.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gail M
Reviewed 19 September 2018

This museum is diverse, compact and a little gem that will give you a great overview of historic Nantucket. Worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
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2 September 2018|
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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.