Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, Cold Spring Harbor
(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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  • The whaling museum looks tiny from the outside but it is filled with so many details about whaling. It is worth a visit if you are ever nearby. 
  • We have been there twice. The first time the volunteer was so interesting and had us all spellbound. So a couple of years we took more visitors to this Long Island Museum about the Whaling industry on...  more »
  • I've been here numerous times. The museum is small, but is the only place I know of where kids (and adults) can learn about whaling. They have some beautiful pieces of scrimshaw. 
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.