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Whaling Museum, Nantucket

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Home to a large number of artifacts, tools, and displays, Whaling Museum documents the history of the industry in the region. Though controversial and outlawed today, the practice of whaling played a crucial role in the economic and human development of New England. Examine the instruments used by whalers to find, hunt, and process whales; the press for extracting whale oil is the only example of its kind remaining in its original place of use. Be sure to examine the whaling-related artwork throughout the facility. You'll find that the giant sperm whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling provides an impressive centerpiece for the museum. If you have time, try climbing up to the observation deck for a view over the Nantucket harbor. Plan to visit Whaling Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nantucket attractions using our Nantucket travel route planner .
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  • October 4, 2017
    A must see for all first time visitors to Nantucket. Great movies about whaling. Lots of artifacts from the whaling era. Modern museum with attached gift shop. Within walking distance of ferry termina...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We take everybody here when they visit us on Nantucket the first time. Great museum and gives visitors a real sense of whaling era Nantucket in its heyday.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We spent a couple of hours here. It is a quality museum run by the historical society with informative exhibits and a theater with documentaries on Nantucket and whaling. It is a short walk from the N...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    This museum was definitely the highlight of my trip to Nantucket! It provided a very thorough history of whalers from the island and put the industry within a global context, with creative and informational displays. I especially loved the story-telling element, with devoted volunteers who explained the history to visitors. This museum is a very good value for money, with a $20 ticket, you can visit several other heritage sites on the island. I only have one small suggestion: I would have liked to see a bit more about the history of the natives of Nantucket and their influence on whaling. The displayed text indicated that they also hunted whales, and this is perhaps something the museum could expand upon?
  • May 19, 2017
    Such an educational and interesting museum! My kids and I both enjoyed it. Just the right amount of hands on activities. We all learned something new!
  • June 22, 2017
    It was a good museum, I recommend doing this if you visit.
  • February 2, 2017
    Great experience, lots of interesting facts and knowledge about the whaling industry ,lots of artifacts and a real understanding of how the tools and equipment were used. Overall my family and I had a great time and will go back.
  • August 23, 2016
    This place exceeded my expectations. They provide a wide variety of information about the whaling times spanning from the whales themselves, boats and harpoons used - up to beautiful paintings of whaling ships and the history of area during this time. If you like reading and learning some unique information, I recommend setting 2hr+ aside to enjoy this well put together museum. There is so much to see - and the entry fee is good for 2 days.

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