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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Excellent glimpse of the history of Nantucket!

This small but excellent museum really conveys what life was like during the days of the great... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
rcnl19
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Concord, Massachusetts
Great place to see some of the history of Nantucket

There is so much to see one could spend hours looking at everything. I loved the film they show on... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
55happygirl1961
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This small but excellent museum really conveys what life was like during the days of the great whaling vessels that made Nantucket famous. The sperm whale skeleton is awe-inspiring. Don't miss the presentations, including what it was actually like to live on board a whaling...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

There is so much to see one could spend hours looking at everything. I loved the film they show on nantucket was very interesting

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the island and didn’t realise we were in the off season. The museum was open and we were welcomed in. Our access was complimentary as they were doing some construction, but the exhibits on desolate were really informative and helped give you an...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s important to see to understand the history of the area. The community has done a great job with the upkeep of this museum.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very cool if you like history. There are a lot of cool artifacts to look at too! Going up to the top there are some very good view.

Thank Luke S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While I had visited the island numerous times, I had skipped this attraction until last visit. I truly enjoyed this maritime museum and the docent presentations were great!

Thank tericrna
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Very nice museum. Very informative and very pretty. The view at the top is great. You can see the whole town and the ocean

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Great museum about the whaling industry which is synonymous with Nantucket. Exhibits are very well done and change every few months Architecturally, a great design Don't miss the roof for a great view of Nantucket & the Harbor. Another great photo opportunity!!

Thank Barry R
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

We visited Nantucket Island in the off-season, visiting from New Zealand. We had made contact with staff prior to our visit, so we were very lucky to have a guided tour, even though the museum was in a state of flux (setting up new displays)....More

Thank PlesFam
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

This could be a really great museum. When I go to museums that document a mass slaughter of living beings, the museum tends to highlight the victims' history....not just the history of the aggressor and commerce. These museums often pay tribute to the lost souls....More

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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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