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Whaling Museum, Nantucket

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4.7/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
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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  • Fascinating museum. Packed full of facts to absorb, curiosities to ponder and presentations to enjoy. 
  • You simply must visit this museum to comprehend the importance of whaling in Nantucket. It is such an historic place. You have to go up top to see the view from the museum rooftop. It will break your ...  read more »
  • The Museum is a superb and detailed exposition of all aspects of the largely 19th century whaling business . Thoughtfully laid out with clear explanations and a huge and varied collection of artifacts...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Knowledgeable staff, friendly, amazing ACK history...enjoy!
  • Great museum of local history in historic building, also the starting point for a great historical walking tour. Don't miss it.
  • One of the best museums I have been to. A true insight into the historic whaling community.
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