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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Interest facts and artifacts

The tour of the galley was helpful to point out the most interesting points of the Museum. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Merrimack, New Hampshire
Fun and historical

Full sized whale skeleton was interesting for scale. Storytelling of the presentation was great... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lisa S
Greenbrae, California, Usa
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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
13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Reviewed yesterday

The tour of the galley was helpful to point out the most interesting points of the Museum. The press for crude oil was most interest as the press is still located where it was once used.

Thank Kirby603
Reviewed yesterday

Full sized whale skeleton was interesting for scale. Storytelling of the presentation was great. Learned a lot about the process of harvesting and extracting oil.

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 6 days ago

After my non-academic casual history fan uncle recommended this museum I had to stop in. I started backwards, I think. I especially liked the newly acquired Pinkham letters straight from their archive. It was fascinating to read about a little girl who spent her early...More

Thank QNPoohBear
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you know nothing about New England Whaling, then this will give you the basics and how it was on Nantucket. Growing up in the area, we were given more info and opportunities to learn more in the New Bedford area. It is neat, but...More

Thank onestateatatime
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a museum we had walked by for years and finally stopped in and found so much to enjoy and to learn about the early special time in Nantucket's history. Don't miss it.

Thank onatrip76
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this museum and spent at least 2 hours. There is a short movie about how the island was years ago. It was very informative. It is a small museum but it is not bad at all. It will make you appreciate the...More

Thank AnnMES
Reviewed 1 week ago

At the end of a packed long weekend we fit this museum in... We arrived about an hr and half before closing and still had to pay the $20 admission. The museum is worth it if you arrive early to watch the films and hang...More

Thank thesandcastle
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can spend the better part of a day at the museum. The ongoing programs throughout the day are very informative and well presented. If you have not done the walk around town from the museum then I recommend you watch the film Nantucket. If...More

Thank Grammie321
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is well worth an hour or so of your time when you are on Nantucket. It is in a modern building with clear, interesting exhibits that emphasizes the human aspect of going to sea in wooden boats to hunt whales. The one drawback is...More

Thank Howard R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love love love the Whaling Museum. The staff is so friendly and helpful. He exhibits are wonderful. I love the live narration and the guided walking tours.

Thank Elizabeth R
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Can I carry a small dog through your museum?
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!
Ben H
Is this museum wheelchair accessible?
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
How long should we plan on spending to see everything? Thanks.
26 April 2016|
Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Carla, Thank you for your question! The answer varies depending on the individual and the type of museum-goer that you are. We have some visitors that are very happy to spend 1-2 hours exploring our artifacts and... More