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Madeira Whale Museum

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Address: Rua Garcia Moniz 1, Canical, Madeira 9200-031, Portugal
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+351 291 961 858
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10:30 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Whale Museum in Madeira is currently one of the most innovative museums...

The Whale Museum in Madeira is currently one of the most innovative museums of its kind in the world. Holder of a valuable museographic collection, this space rigorously documents the history of whaling in Madeira. Through stereoscopic 3D movies and among models of whales and dolphins in full size, visitors can learn about the life of these fantastic creatures and their marine environment in a fun and interactive way. The Whale Museum also promotes research on cetaceans and its preservation and study of the history of whaling in Madeira.

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A modern museum showing the history of whaling using audio visual methods.

What this museum lacks in the way of whaling artefacts it makes up with with great films Some being 3D. Staff are very helpful and speak good English. Allow around 1.5 to 2 hours... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Kent, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What this museum lacks in the way of whaling artefacts it makes up with with great films Some being 3D. Staff are very helpful and speak good English. Allow around 1.5 to 2 hours to watch most of the films and read the interesting written information. Small car park on site. Whilst in the area walk down to the harbour... More 

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is housed within its own purpose built centre providing disability friendly access and wide open spaces for the displays. For me the most interested part was the first exhibition, the history of the local whaling industry which ran from 1941 to 1981. This is much later than land based whaling in the Arctic and Antarctic. The island ran... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice modern museum with first half the sad story of the hunting and in the second part the protecting of them. We where there with our five year old daughter and she was very impressed with the story. Museum itself is one of the best I have seen, clean and modern, with nice affordable restaurant. Spend there a good two... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I been here in february, 2017. really interesting museum, all information they given in 5 languages.

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Munich, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whale museum both takes you back into the days when Canical was a whale hunter village, showing you the techniques and equipment used to hunt down whales in the open sea as well as informs you about ecological aspects and the situation of the underwater ecosystem around the island today. The tour takes 1-2 hours depending on your personal... More 

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Hampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Brilliant museum describing 40 yesrs of whaling in Madeira. Interesting displays and excellent audio guides. Fascinating insight into what can be done to catch whales with little mechanical help.

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

The whale museum is so worth a visit. The audio commentary is excellent and is triggered by sensors. You don't need to be a techno freak to work it. The displays and films are of interest and clearly explained. Children and adults are catered for in every way. The 3d glasses for the viewing of the films bring the wonders... More 

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Ricardo R, Rececionista at Madeira Whale Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and for your review to our Museum The Madeira Whale Museum Team More 

Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Amazing that the industry in Madeira lasted for only 40 years but very glad to see that it ended. Interesting videos and exhibits and information that goes right back to the basics of the "lookouts". €10.00 per adult for entrance which is pretty reasonable considering the size and content.

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Northamptonshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

An unbiased and interesting view of the Madeiran's whaling exploits. This is in sharp contrast to those of the Faroese. We spent a good three hours here, it his spread over three floors, involves interaction with exhibits and has (too much) information over many different areas of the industry and whale conservation. Something of interest for all. Reduced price entry... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Moby Dick This is a mixture of a whaling and whale museum. On arrival you are handed head phones in your language and where you stand activates the commentary to the exhibitions. It is a little hit and miss but when you get the hang of it it’s pretty good, exhibitions are also numbered so you can override the automatic... More 

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