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Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

Rua dos Baleeiros 13, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-143, Portugal
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Film auditorium like inside a whale!

The last sperm whale caught in the Azores was in 1987... This museum is set in original... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
Mallorca, Spain
More than I hoped for ! A MUST SEE if you have any interest in whaling.

Coming from the New Bedford (Mass) area, I had a good understanding of whaling from the whaling... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

The last sperm whale caught in the Azores was in 1987... This museum is set in original boathouses & was extended in 2008. It captures the entire world of whale hunting & processing & is exceptionally well put together. No matter how we feel nowadays,...More

Thank capdellatraveller
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Coming from the New Bedford (Mass) area, I had a good understanding of whaling from the whaling ships that stayed out for 2-4 years and was curious about Azores land-based whaling. This museum provides a comprehensive and in-depth perspective. The video they provide was an...More

1  Thank amerazor
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We stopped at this gem of a museum as part of our group tour. My partner watched the film while I spent more time roaming the exhibits. Both were excellent. My bonus was having enough time to see the art exhibit in the room behind...More

Thank BandB-1508
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Our family really enjoyed the museum. The film about whaling was old but interesting. We really liked the items on display including an example of a whaling boat and the whale art. Also liked the different items on display made out of whale bone.

Thank Flowergirlla
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

This small museum is located in the former boathouses and provides a good and confronting insight into the why and how of the whaling industry in the Azores. This small museum focusses on the people and their lives in a whaling-community. It has a small...More

Thank Janinka F
Reviewed 1 August 2017

It was not an enjoyable visit because I can't understand the concept of killing a whale for commercial purposes. That said, the museum gave some interesting insights on how the hunt itself was done. However the place needs some work: the movie in english and...More

Thank Bruno B
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

This museum is a really interesting place to visit to have an idea of the way of life of the last whale hunters in Europe.

Thank niontour
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Not very long ago this was how those on the island provided for their families they only took what they needed. Very simple lifestyle. Slow but consistent. Very relaxung.

Thank 03KING
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Yes, some people may not like the idea of whaling, but this exhibition does show the economic needs of the times and the methods used. Extraordinary feats of courage needed to do this dangerous work. Many artefacts to be seen and the descriptions of the...More

Thank keith47
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This small museum is located in Lajes, right by the sea (Pico Island, the Azores) and is very interesting especially for those as me who have learned only from novels and movies about whales hunting. It has been an important source of income for island...More

Thank Sorin D
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