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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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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

This is a large museum with all different aspects of whaling and Nantucket history represented. My friend and I listened to a presentation about whaling -- I had no idea that little rowboats with 6 men went after huge whales and won! Or that whaling...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

I love the place very much which makes me to having fun and loving the nature this was beautiful place

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Manish2618
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Whaling was as great a part of US history as were the settlers going westward. This museum brings out the details of that adventure in a very interesting way. Lots of great exhibits, including wonderful ship models. Tickets are pricey, but they will also get...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

This story is not just about whales. It is the history of the island. Great gift shop and very knowledgeable guides

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kjg1227
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

The history buff and the other one of us both thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Highly recommend the presentation/lecture!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

Interesting history of the whaling industry here back in the day. They have done a nice job of pulling the history of Nantucket together.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dustoff115
Reviewed 13 September 2018

There are many docent led tours as well as films to lead you through the museum. Plenty to look at on your own as well. Make sure you go to the roof for a great view! Many terrific exhibits. The gift shop is a real...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lhhcooper
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

This was an awesome museum to visit if you are into history. We sat through a narrated presentation of “The Whale Hunt” which was fantastic. The items on display give you a real sense of the industry. And the museum is very large. And handicap...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank EDWiner64
Reviewed 9 September 2018

If you do one thing on Nantucket, this should be it. This is an amazing, detailed visual and audio account of the whaling industry on Nantucket. One of the particularly interesting presentations was given by Shawn on the Essex whale boat. There are several other...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Great little museum with interactive tours. Don't miss the whale skelton and talk really well presented. Various talks and tours make it easy to learn.

Date of experience: 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.