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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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  • We enjoyed this museum so much and the views from the top are simply amazing. The exhibits are well done and the guides do a great job!  more »
  • Loved every bit of our tour. The Docents were excellent in sharing the story of the Whaling Ships especially the Essex and I hated to leave but time did not allow us to absorb much more that was to be...  more »
  • This is definitely a must do for a visit to Nantucket. We spent about two-hours there and it wasn’t enough. In addition to the exhibits there are other important things to see/do there: • Introductory...  more »
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  • 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?
  • 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!
  • It was a good museum, I recommend doing this if you visit.
  • 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.

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