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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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  • The whaling museum tells an interesting story of Nantucket. Watched the presentation by Sean and he really made the history come to life. Best for adults or older children.  more »
  • This museum provides insights into the whaling industry that once was a big part of Newport. The presentations are very insightful. We enjoyed the movie. We heard a storyteller that was excellent. She...  more »
  • If you do one cultural outing on the island, make it the Whaling Museum. Be sure not to miss the movie/presentation “the Whale Hunt”. It’s the best part.  more »
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  • Excellent, world class, AAM accredited museum. The sperm whale skeleton and the souvenirs from whaling voyages are particularly cool objects and the scrimshaw gallery in particular is extremely well-curated. Excellent lectures and community programs as well.
  • 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?
  • Great museum! We have gone again and again. Don’t miss the children’s room if you are there with kids.
  • Bucketlist check off for sure! Everything you would expect from the world class whaling museum..
  • The museum was an amazing primer on the history of the economic boom of whaling in America. It has many interesting exhibits, information on how people on Nantucket lived, and scrim shaw depicted the stories of the times. It was a very engaging experience!
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