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Whaling Museum

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Address: 15 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number:
+1 508-228-1894
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Hours:
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at...

The history of Nantucket's whaling industry and artifacts are exhibited at this museum.

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Every exhibit was informative and very well presented in this surprising little museum. The scrimshaw collection was spectacular. Now I know what a Nantucket sleigh ride is.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
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Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every exhibit was informative and very well presented in this surprising little museum. The scrimshaw collection was spectacular. Now I know what a Nantucket sleigh ride is.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous museum for all ages. Be sure to stay for all the movies or special lectures. Something for everyone!

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Thank DebbieGDC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

They opened just for one day if this glorious weekend. What a great place with wonderful docents!! A must see!!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Okay. You must visit this museum if you visit Nantucket. Once will do you, but they do have special exhibits throughout the year. Our visit was during Christmas Stroll. Very interesting Christmas Trees inside the museum. I also learned more than I thought I would. Everything from lighthouse beacons to amazing artwork. I was most taken by the stenciled stained... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This small museum has a committed staff that is proud of Nantucket's place in history. Well-narrated story of whaling, great exhibits, and the documentary on Nantucket is long, but well made. Worth a visit, especially if you have children who like history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a rainy day. Interesting to see all the items on display, but the best part was listening to the locals talk about how things were. Great historical review!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Great historical amazing and a fantastic place on Nantucket Island... history of whaling and the displays most educational entertaining and a marvelous experience for everyone!

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Hartville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We had a private tour and it was fabulous! Learned so much! Would recommend it for any size or age group.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

This museum offers great educational, historic, and entertainment value. We highly recommend. The content on early, local and whaling history is exceptional. Do not miss the observation deck on the roof! The gift shop is fine - something for everyone. All in all - a must.

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Thank momarino143
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Definitely an interesting museum--worth your time. Was engaged the entire visit, and left me wanting to know more whaling.

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