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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Great afternoon stop on Nantucket!

My mom and I really enjoyed our afternoon at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. It's a newly renovated... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kate V
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I have visited the cape my entire life and never been to Nantucket. Loved the whale museum. Plan... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Restored in 2005, the Whaling Museum features top-quality exhibits and galleries, as well as daily programs and tours that bring to life the history of this magical island. The museum is home to a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, a restored 1847 oil and candle factory, and countless Nantucket artifacts and treasures. A relaxing, fully-accessible rooftop observation deck offers stunning views of Nantucket harbor.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My mom and I really enjoyed our afternoon at the Nantucket Whaling Museum. It's a newly renovated, beautiful facility that is rich with artifacts from Nantucket's whaling industry history. The docents were knowledgeable and friendly, and the $20 entrance fee also allowed access to a...More

Thank Kate V
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have visited the cape my entire life and never been to Nantucket. Loved the whale museum. Plan at least 2 hours and make sure to go to the roof top for the view.

Thank Sherri S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent museum. It's very up to date and a manageable size. Ticket gets you access to other historical sites around ACK.More

Thank Jonathan B
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Jonathan, Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum. We are thrilled to hear you had such an excellent time learning more about Nantucket's history in the whaling industry. We thank you again for taking the time to write your review and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very special little museum. They do a great job of teaching visitors about the history of the whaling trade on Nantucket and they do it in a fun way for kids. Definitely worth a stop,More

Thank sullymom4
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your trip to the Whaling Museum! We are glad to hear that you found the museum to be interesting and informative for all ages! We thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review, we hope to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For those of you who are interested in the history of Nantucket, a trip to the museum is well worth it. There are many engaged and experienced volunteers to educate you about the long history of the whaling industry on the island. Very cool museum....More

Thank SagamoreHill1
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum. We are so happy that you found your visit to be interesting and informative for everyone of all ages in your party! Additionally, we are thrilled that you felt our museum staff to be engaged...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting story telling and tours about the whaling industry in Nantucket. Great exhibits. Well worth one to two hours.More

Thank NYTraveler023
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's rich history as the one-time whaling capital of the world during your time with us! Thank you again for taking the time to review your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Was very surprised by how much our family enjoyed the whaling museum. Very interesting. Enjoyed the movie. We have 2 young children 6 and 9 and both enjoyed the children's activities.More

Thank donka99
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum. We are so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your time learning about Nantucket's history during your visit. Additionally, we are glad you had time to check out our Discovery Room, which...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am from Massachusetts and Nantucket is sort of like down the street but I never really knew the history of whaling and Nantucket. I only knew about New Bedford but WOW. This museum is awesome. Adults or kids you must visit. The Skelton of...More

Thank Jay J
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Jay, Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum! We are thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed learning about Nantucket's history as the as the one-time whaling capital of the world. Additionally, we are glad you enjoyed are various artifacts, like...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our museum is a must see. Upon entering and paying a fee, you start your journey with a short film about Nantucket and I think a speaker joins in (i haven't been this year - it's a good place to take our company). After you've...More

Thank piperwings
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing the Whaling Museum! We are so glad to hear you enjoy our museum so much and to hear you call it "beautiful." Additionally, we are glad you were able to enjoy our rooftop observation deck, featuring stunning views of Nantucket harbor!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the highlight of our trip to Nantucket. The museum is so informative. I would suggest arriving early since they offer different talks and tours throughout the day that are wonderful and not to be missed. In addition, it will take you quite a...More

Thank traveler5406
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Whaling Museum! We are thrilled that you enjoyed learning more about the island's rich history through our variety of signature programs. Additionally, we are glad to hear that you saw the value in your All-Access admission ticket,...More

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JoAlice101
3 May 2017|
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Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. Service dogs are the only dogs that are allowed in the Whaling Museum. If your dog is a service dog, you may bring it with you during your visit, otherwise, animals are not permitted. Thank you!
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Ben H
22 October 2016|
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Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Ben, Yes, the Whaling Museum is wheelchair accessible. We have elevators that go from the first floor all the way up to our rooftop observation deck, as well as a wheelchair lift in our historic 1847 candle factory. We... More
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cfromnh
26 April 2016|
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Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Carla, Thank you for your question! The answer varies depending on the individual and the type of museum-goer that you are. We have some visitors that are very happy to spend 1-2 hours exploring our artifacts and... More
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