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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Great Whaling Study

This and the New Bedford sailing museum are the best places to get a feel for the New England... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
dougA7389DT
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Weymouth, Massachusetts
Exceptional Museum and More

The community spirit here is heartwarming. I loved the extraordinary women presentation and would... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
nansears
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Huntsville, TX
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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 3 weeks ago

This and the New Bedford sailing museum are the best places to get a feel for the New England whaling industry at its peak. Tours are very well done. One highlight is an actual press for whale oil.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The community spirit here is heartwarming. I loved the extraordinary women presentation and would love to congratulate the musician who created the delightful song from the long ago poem. Kudos to the women who were honored and to the women who played them.More

Thank nansears
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback! The 'Extraordinary Women of Nantucket" was such a fun program and we are looking into an encore presentation sometime this spring! Please check back with us on our website for more information about our Extraordinary Women program and more exciting...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum had a program about the women of the island. It was very interesting and educational. I highly recommend this MuseumMore

Thank Donna C
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Donna, so great to hear that you enjoyed this special program- it was a lot of fun for us here at the museum too! Stay tuned for news of an encore presentation sometime in the spring - as well as other exciting new programs...More

Reviewed 11 January 2018

The Whaling Museum is very informative and well work visiting. Plan to spend +- an hour there. Perfect for rainy days.More

Thank Kim O
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kim, thank you for your feedback on your experience at our whaling museum, rainy days are certainly well spent here! But if you do happen to come back to Nantucket on a nicer day be sure to explore our additional historic sites around the downtown...More

Reviewed 27 December 2017

This museum has a wide collection of artifacts, displayed very attractively, and a lot of information about whalers and whaling. The building is beautiful, andthe whale skeleton and oil press are very impressive!

Thank Snozbury
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Museum exhibits were great! Smaller than anticipated, but they offered a movie running every hour for entertainment. Gift shop to browse through was on the first floor; nice way to spend some extra time.

Thank Joy G
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

The Nantucket Whaling Museum is a great spot for all ages to soak up some American History. This newly renovated venue is home to Several life size displays of this mind blowing industry and shouldn't be missed!

Thank Tmossco
Reviewed 22 December 2017

To review all the artifacts of the islands whaling history is worth the time. A must if you are on the island for a the first time.

Thank Glenn P
Reviewed 19 December 2017

We went to The Festival of Trees at the Whaling musuem. There were 88 trees all decorated by different people and businesses from Nantucket.

Thank pmbrorup
Reviewed 9 December 2017

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
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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
22 October 2016|
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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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