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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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10:00 - 17:00
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Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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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Worth your time!

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
amanda l
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Whaling Museum is well worth seeing. At first I thought that admission was a little pricey, but there is a lot in the museum and it is informative and well executed. I left with knowing a lot about whaling. The lower floor has examples of some of the equipment that was used to refine whale oil and explanatory materials... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This museum has so much to offer. The layout and displays were designed well. Our guide was knowledgeable, and informative. There is a great deal of history not only tied to the whaling but to the island itself.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am really into whaling history, so when I visited Nantucket for an event, and found out that there was a dedicated whaling museum, I got pretty excited. I have to say that it would be pretty hard for a museum devoted to whaling history to disappoint me, so keep in mind that this a review written by someone who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at museum opening and visited several exhibits and a presentation before heading out to lunch. We returned for additional exhibits and another presentation, staying until the museum's 4:00 closing. There is a children's discovery center with hands on activities. Staff is friendly and helpful. Presenters are knowledgeable and we enjoyed their expertly presented talks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the first time I heard about this museum, I really wanted to visit it. It doesn't disappoint. The cruel but fascinating whaling heritage is well documented and exhibited here. Try and catch one of the live presentations - highly informative and interesting. Not much more to say apart from it is a big part of Nantucket history and easily... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to learn about whales and it's talks about Nantucket the people are great the service is wonderful

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we had little more than an hour until closing, the museum was jam-packed with interesting info... It is extremely clean and bright - everything appeared to be new and well-maintained.

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Thank Zurheide
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting selection of exhibits. Moby Dick comes alive. Fascinating whale boat which was the star of the Nantucket Sleigh Rides.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this Museum if you are on island. It helps explain how important Nantucket was in the 1800's. The movies and lectures are great.

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