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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Had thought I'd never be interested in this and ended up loving it

So glad some other travelers convinced my sister and I to go to the whaling museum. We had been... read more

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cook1928
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Peapack, New Jersey, United States
Very interesting

Loved my visit to the museum. Staff was very friendly and informative. Really interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pmpb1
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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Reviewed today

So glad some other travelers convinced my sister and I to go to the whaling museum. We had been planning to skip as it wasn't something we were particularly interested in. What a mistake it would have been to miss this wonderful museum. We were...More

Thank cook1928
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved my visit to the museum. Staff was very friendly and informative. Really interesting collection of items and displays. I loved reading about the history of whaling and some notable Nantucket residents of past. Gift shop is nice too.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s a must for a first time visit to understand the history of the island and islanders. Loved the squelette of the adolescent whale, the historical video of the island and the other artefacts collected from different eras. The visit allows us to understand the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The history of Nantucket whaling is well presented in this compact but very interesting museum. Programs included very informative lectures throughout the day and film clips explaining the extreme conditions sailors endured to capture and process whales. Exhibits include whale skeletons, scrimshaw and other products...More

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A great place to visit. Great exhibits and lectures. A short walk from the ferry terminal. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Listen to the Essex story. So interesting. Go to the top of the roof for panoramic views of Nantucket.

Thank K S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining and we needed something to do indoors. The whaling museum was just the ticket. We purchased our ticket at 10am and then used our ticket to go in and out all day (between meals). The docents give talks at certain scheduled times,...More

Thank Vacationer2Maine
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum well presents the whaling industry from Nantucket and elsewhere. It has excellent presentations. The scrimshaw exhibit is excellent and informative. The view from the roof walk is a highlight not to be missed.

Thank Bryan D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped on on a Sunday, our last day in Nantucket and so glad we did. The museum is beautiful. The tour guides were so knowledgeable about all the different aspects of the whaling trade. Do not miss it!

Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This small but excellent museum really conveys what life was like during the days of the great whaling vessels that made Nantucket famous. The sperm whale skeleton is awe-inspiring. Don't miss the presentations, including what it was actually like to live on board a whaling...More

Thank rcnl19
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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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