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Whalers Village Museum

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Address: 2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1980
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+1 808-661-5992
10:00 - 16:00
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A whale museum featuring a 40-foot whale skeleton.

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Moby Dick had a legitimate grievance!

And this is/was a great small museum that closed for renovation along with the shopping center surrounding it. Pretty good shopping center for a tourist area. Decent bars and... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Stamford, Connecticut
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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Very crowded as there are so many timeshares. However, the stores are upscale and food is acceptable.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

And this is/was a great small museum that closed for renovation along with the shopping center surrounding it. Pretty good shopping center for a tourist area. Decent bars and restaurants. On our last visit in 2016, the shopping area was mostly complete, but the museum was still closed for renovations. It's worth checking out. The colllection of whaling memorabilia is... More 

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Almonte, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We went to see the Whalers Village Museum and was told that it has shut down over a year ago. It was unfortunate as we really wanted to see it since it was migrating season. Representatives from the museum were there to give a little talk but that was about it. It is in the middle of a huge mall... More 

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Hyderabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017

After spending some time in Kaanapali beach and whalers village mall, we just some time here and its Worh visiting

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

A mall we like to come to usually every trip. This a largely name brand shopping mall, so if you're looking for more local things, this might not be the place for you. It is pay for parking and a smaller tricky lot. Most of the shops validate parking if you make a purchase.

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Valley Center, California
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

I really enjoyed the exhibits and whaling artifacts in this museum. Great educational opportunity for all ages. The level of antiques they have assembled is impressive.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This is the village for Kaanapali beach access. The parking is mall so you may need to wait for a spot. There are nice restaurants and shops and after them its the beach access.

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Northbrook, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

I think this museum is a great intro to those who are less squeamish than myself. I got a big dose of the whaling culture when I read 'Moby Dick'. (Not an abridged version!) I suggest reading the book before visiting the museum. You will understand what you are seeing.

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

If you have spent a little too much time away from the main land and need your shopping fix, Whalers Village is the place. We loved all the shopping and places to eat. After lunch we walked down to the beach and the kids swam over and jumped off the black rock. Another perfect day in Maui!

Thank Bonnie V
Medicine Lake, Minnesota
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This museum is in conjunction with a very upscale shopping area. Parking is only available in a paid garage. The open air museum is well done, housing an actual whale skeleton. It's staffed by knowledgeable people and has a small gift area.

Thank Lorene F

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