Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, Cold Spring Harbor

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum has served three generations of Long Islanders, having opened its doors to the public in 1942. The Whaling Museum is the only facility on Long Island and in New York State open year-round which focuses primarily on the whaling history of the region. Its collection provides the community and its constituents with a significant link to the understanding of one of Long Island’s earliest major industries- whaling. The collection was formed by the local community who recognized the need for a repository to preserve the region’s local maritime history and Cold Spring Harbor’s whaling past.
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  • This place is a nice place to learn about how harsh whaling was. We stopped here right after we ate lunch at the sandbar. Once we entered it I saw a lot of crimshaw. The guy with the information was t...  read more »
  • We went here for my son's friend's Birthday party. The kids were all between 4-5 and a few 2 year olds. This is such a cute little place with a lot of exploring to do for the kids. The people working ...  read more »
  • Great place for a quick visit on a rainy summer afternoon with kids. A lot of really cool stuff and a fun interactive kids play section. However, the place could use updating. Some the curatorial info...  read more »
  • A very interesting, if small museum. We spent at least an hour walking around and reading the placards on the exhibits. On display are models of large ships, some full scale original smaller boats, along with whaling voyage accessories. There is a 10 minute movie available in the common area in the back display room that is worth watching. It describes the history of whaling along the Long Island Sound (Long Island and Connecticut) from the 1700s up till the beginning of the 1900s, when synthetics were developed that rivaled whale parts and fluid. One particular whaling company is chronicled in detail. They eventually went out of business because of severe losses from several unsuccessful sailings to the North Pole, where crews and ships were lost to the unpredictable nature of seasonal ice flows.
  • Small museum that my kids went to last year and enjoyed. I came with them this year and certainly see the appeal. I appreciate the use of QR codes around the museum to get more information about the different exhibitions. Definitely worth going to see some long island history.
  • Cute museum. Very ornate.
  • Contrary to another poster, my wife and I found the Museum quite enjoyable. The issue isn't the morality of the whaling, but the historic value and interest of what took place. A small, but enjoyable place. Great for kids and adults.
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