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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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  • A wonderful educational experience where you can almost re-live the whaling experience and what Nantucket remains famous for. A truly awe-inspiring museum with shows and tours and exhibits which bewil...  more »
  • The Whaling Museum in Nantucket is one of the most unique local museums I have ever been to. It is definitely a must-see if you are planning a trip to Nantucket, and it is worth putting aside 1-2 hour...  more »
  • I have been going out to Nantucket for years and have never been to the Whaling Museum. I don't know why I waited so long! It is far bigger inside than I expected and the history of the whaling indust...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Great museum. Very interesting and one of the few places to visit in Nantucket. Staff is very friendly.
  • Well worth the money. Very interesting. Awesome staff.