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Whaling Museum

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Address: 13 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
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+1 508-228-1894
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11:00 - 15:00
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Restored in 2005, the Whaling Museum features top-quality exhibits and...

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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very informative, but slightly pricey

At $20 per person, I felt it was slightly expensive for what it offered, but it was informative and very well layed out. To make it worth the money, I'd make sure you listen to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At $20 per person, I felt it was slightly expensive for what it offered, but it was informative and very well layed out. To make it worth the money, I'd make sure you listen to at least one lecture and see at least one film.

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A truly an educational experience with lots of facts Nantucket was part of NY State Wow in 1790 it produced 10% of the US GNP from a little island 30 miles out to sea. It's not just a whaling museum, Art antiquates and much more. Great place to take the kids they can dress- up paint play games and listen... More 

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Albuquerque
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We never go to Museums but this was great for both of us, husband and wife. I highly recommend that you take the time and you will learn so much about Nantucket and the Whaling Industry!

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Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every exhibit was informative and very well presented in this surprising little museum. The scrimshaw collection was spectacular. Now I know what a Nantucket sleigh ride is.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Fabulous museum for all ages. Be sure to stay for all the movies or special lectures. Something for everyone!

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Thank DebbieGDC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

They opened just for one day if this glorious weekend. What a great place with wonderful docents!! A must see!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Okay. You must visit this museum if you visit Nantucket. Once will do you, but they do have special exhibits throughout the year. Our visit was during Christmas Stroll. Very interesting Christmas Trees inside the museum. I also learned more than I thought I would. Everything from lighthouse beacons to amazing artwork. I was most taken by the stenciled stained... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

This small museum has a committed staff that is proud of Nantucket's place in history. Well-narrated story of whaling, great exhibits, and the documentary on Nantucket is long, but well made. Worth a visit, especially if you have children who like history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a rainy day. Interesting to see all the items on display, but the best part was listening to the locals talk about how things were. Great historical review!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Great historical amazing and a fantastic place on Nantucket Island... history of whaling and the displays most educational entertaining and a marvelous experience for everyone!

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