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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Whaling is alive in Nantucket

It is a special place with the best roof view of Nantucket town. You walk into another world of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Boston, Massachusetts
Thar be Whales

You can't pass this up in Nantucket. It's seeping with history that will keep you fascinated for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sara B
Toronto, Canada
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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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  • Average2%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Reviewed yesterday

It is a special place with the best roof view of Nantucket town. You walk into another world of whaling and the sea then climb the stairs to the roof and just say, WOW

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Reviewed yesterday

You can't pass this up in Nantucket. It's seeping with history that will keep you fascinated for hours. Be sure to get the view of the harbour and the island from the top floor. Gift shop is filled with everything whales.

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nicely put together Museum with helpful staff. A very cute children's discovery room with precious staff. Neat movies and exhibits.

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Spent the day in Nantucket, and of course the whaling museum was a part of that. Would recommend this not so much for the museum itself (which was just fine), but for the on site guide you gave a 25 minute talk recounting the voyage...More

Thank TruebritSingapore
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lots of interesting info about whaling and Nantucket. Lots of artifacts and the in person presentation was great. Worth a stop.

Thank gmgl138
Reviewed 5 days ago

Must see museum in Nantucket, the whale skeleton is really interesting to see. Friendly staff, great guides, really loved the Essex presentation. Definitely go up to the roof top deck, great view!

Thank Kalina M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Their are great movies about Nantucket and Whaling. Its a good educational visit. Take the time, short visit.

Thank 893robin
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped by the Whaling Museum on our first day on the island and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.This museum is a great introduction to the history of Nantucket and does a great job of providing multimedia exhibits for all ages. Don't miss this if you...More

Thank Christina K
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I just spent a week on Nantucket. We went for the history -- we had never been. The whaling museum was at the top of our list of places to visit and it did not disappoint. This is a top notch museum...More

2  Thank mgoblue1990
Reviewed 1 week ago

Though I've read Moby Dick, after visiting the museum I realized that I didn't really know much about the whaling industry or how it shaped the world. Excellent exhibits and fantastic lectures. I highly recommend. Included in the ticket is admission to several historical sites...More

1  Thank nellie C
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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!
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
27 April 2016|
Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Carla, Thank you for your question! The answer varies depending on the individual and the type of museum-goer that you are. We have some visitors that are very happy to spend 1-2 hours exploring our artifacts and... More