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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Museum worth seeing

My wife and I really enjoyed the museum. Not too big and not too small. Very nice exhibits. Seeing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dale B
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Houston, Texas, United States
Festival of Trees

A must visit. Beautiful Christmas Tree exhibit along with some great history of Nantucket. Make... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
thurbs2017
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I really enjoyed the museum. Not too big and not too small. Very nice exhibits. Seeing the whale skeleton is very impressive. Don't miss the view from the top of the museum. Spectacular view of the dock area.

Thank Dale B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit. Beautiful Christmas Tree exhibit along with some great history of Nantucket. Make sure to spend some time here.

Thank thurbs2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth spending some time here. The exhibits are well presented and bring the history to life. Gift shop has some great items.

Thank rhumblines
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best place in the island for culture. In the heart of downtown near ferry and the Juice Bar (where you must go for ice cream).

Thank Ritz1165
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fascinating museum - even if you have never thought about whaling before... though it helps if you read Moby Dick first!

Thank Deirdre B
Reviewed 10 November 2017

As we were staying town during a rainy three days on the island, and because we are both history buffs, this was must-see for us. We couldn't have enjoyed it more. Not only does it have an incredible display of artifacts from a fascinating part...More

Thank CHARLES G
Reviewed 5 November 2017

We enjoyed this museum so much and the views from the top are simply amazing. The exhibits are well done and the guides do a great job!

Thank junemagpie
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us learning about the island's history. We hope to see you back again someday!

Reviewed 4 November 2017

Loved every bit of our tour. The Docents were excellent in sharing the story of the Whaling Ships especially the Essex and I hated to leave but time did not allow us to absorb much more that was to be had so I bought the...More

Thank Alec W
NHATeam, Guest Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're honored that we're one of your top things to do while you visit, and we're happy to hear that you have enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history during your time with us....More

Reviewed 1 November 2017

This is definitely a must do for a visit to Nantucket. We spent about two-hours there and it wasn’t enough. In addition to the exhibits there are other important things to see/do there: • Introductory movie that talks about the history of Nantucket and whaling...More

Thank Bob G
NHATeam, Guest Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear Bob, Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum. We are glad you enjoyed our exhibits and signature programs! We will be sure to pass along your compliments to our expert museum staff, as they are the ones that truly bring our...More

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

This was a fun way to escape the chillly outdoors and a truly unique experience. Had fun! Thank you!

Thank macey2951
NHATeam, Guest Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum. We are thrilled you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through our exhibits and artifacts! We thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again soon!

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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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