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Whaling Museum

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Address: 13 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
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+1 508-228-1894
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11:00 - 15:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Restored in 2005, the Whaling Museum features top-quality exhibits and...

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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Always Worth a Visit

A very entertaining museum that is fun for all ages. The lectures they give are always great and full of energy. The people who work there love their jobs and love to help... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very entertaining museum that is fun for all ages. The lectures they give are always great and full of energy. The people who work there love their jobs and love to help people learn about the history of Nantucket.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us learning about Nantucket's rich history through some of our signature daily programs. We will be sure to pass along your compliments to our expert museum staff, as they are the ones that truly bring our island's... More 

Nantucket, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fantastic museum that gives excellent background on whaling and Nantucket's history. Beautiful displays. I always take my guests there. Amazing harbor views from the rooftop. Extra special time to visit us during the Festival of the Trees. Don't miss this museum. It's a gem!

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history as the one-time whaling capital of the world, and we're honored that you continue to entertain guests with us. And we agree - the view from the rooftop observation deck is not-to-be-missed! Thank you for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a don't miss. Very educational and found the slide presentation wonderful. There were many artifacts on display and a skeleton of a young whale plus tools used by the crew to kill the whales.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Thomas, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about our island's rich history through some of our signature programs. We're also delighted that you enjoyed our selection of artifacts on display throughout the museum. We thank you for visiting and we hope to see you... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Step back into a part of history unlike any other! From a giant whale skeleton to harpoons and interactive exhibits, this is a Must See when on the island! They also have wonderful exhibits coming all the time so you'll want to check each time you come to Nantucket.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history through some of our artifacts and exhibitions, and we're honored that you consider us to be a "must-see" for visitors to the island. We thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic refurbishment since our last visit, great interactive exhibits, presentations and installations. Thoroughly recommend it.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed the enhancements that we've made since the last time you visited. We're delighted that you enjoyed learning about the island's rich history through some of our signature programs and collections, and we thank you for taking the time to recommend... More 

Deerfield
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You get a great history of the island. Whaling and way of life of the island. Right downtown rent a bike after to see the rest of the island. Bike paths are easy to get too. Head to the brewery for music lunch and a beer.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Maria, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us learning about the rich history of our little island and we're glad you got to enjoy all that is has to offer. We thank you for visiting and we hope you'll come back and... More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating tour with a whale to look at...gives you a real sense of the dasy when Nantucket was a bustling whaling mecca

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Dave, 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 rich history as the one-time whaling capital of the world. We're also thrilled to hear that you enjoyed some of our very special artifacts, like the 46-foot sperm whale skeleton... More 

Gloucester, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At $20 per person, I felt it was slightly expensive for what it offered, but it was informative and very well layed out. To make it worth the money, I'd make sure you listen to at least one lecture and see at least one film.

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history during your time with us. We hope that you found value in our All-Access Pass admission ticket, as it provides visitors entry to the museum as well as six historic sites that are open throughout the... More 

Nantucket, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A truly an educational experience with lots of facts Nantucket was part of NY State Wow in 1790 it produced 10% of the US GNP from a little island 30 miles out to sea. It's not just a whaling museum, Art antiquates and much more. Great place to take the kids they can dress- up paint play games and listen... More 

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about our island's rich history during our time with us. We're also delighted that you enjoyed the Discovery Room, our designated space for families and children of all ages to explore Nantucket history, as well as our award-winning Museum... More 

Albuquerque
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We never go to Museums but this was great for both of us, husband and wife. I highly recommend that you take the time and you will learn so much about Nantucket and the Whaling Industry!

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Dear Jackie, Thank you for your review of your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us and that we exceeded your expectations for your visit to a museum. We're delighted that you enjoyed learning about our island's rich history, and we hope that you can come back and see us again... More 

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