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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. With our world travel planner, Nantucket attractions like Whaling Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Although we had little more than an hour until closing, the museum was jam-packed with interesting info... It is extremely clean and bright - everything appeared to be new and well-maintained. 
  • Very interesting selection of exhibits. Moby Dick comes alive. Fascinating whale boat which was the star of the Nantucket Sleigh Rides. 
  • Don't miss this Museum if you are on island. It helps explain how important Nantucket was in the 1800's. The movies and lectures are great. 
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  • 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.
  • Seems like an well curated Museum with lots of awesome artifacts. I just wish I had gotten to spend more time here. Definitely recommend.
  • Very cool museum, they currently have an amazing exhibit on the story of the Essex, worth skipping a day at the beach to check out the museum
  • Well worth the money. Very interesting. Awesome staff.
  • Knowledgeable staff, friendly, amazing ACK history...enjoy!