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Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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Address: Garden and Main Sts., Sag Harbor, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
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+1 631-725-0770
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00

A very important maritime museum with items dating back to the 1700s.

A very important maritime museum with items dating back to the 1700s.

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Summer in the hamptons

It's was a Rainey afternoon and it was suggested to go to the whaling museum. It was fascinating and great to learn of the importance of whale oil and the economic effect it had... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 November 2016
Fergus G
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

It's was a Rainey afternoon and it was suggested to go to the whaling museum. It was fascinating and great to learn of the importance of whale oil and the economic effect it had both in its growth but also decline. Definately good to go and u derstamd a little bit of the history of sag and the surrounding areas... More 

Thank Fergus G
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73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

The whaling museum is a gem. Good for a short visit and an easy way to learn about the whaling sea captains based out of Sag. Very friendly staff.

Thank Benigno G
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

My husband is a big time whaling history buff so we were in search of some area history which we found in abundance. They have special events regarding different aspects of whaling. The scrimshaw was beautiful and a very enlightening 20 minute movie was available for viewing! Would love to see some work done to restore the beautiful old home... More 

Thank OrchidLady
Bangor, Maine
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229 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I had no idea that Sag Harbor had such a whaling history. Lots of equipment and harpoons, skeletons and tools were on display. Similar to New Bedford but a tad smaller. The folks were all very friendly and knowledgeable. We spent a fairly rainy day walking main street and the wharf and had a very pleasant time.

Thank Lee S
Fort Lauderdale
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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

So much of Sag Harbor's history has been forgotten and over shadowed by large scale development and modern renovations to super size the classic whaling village it is so rewarding to walk into the historic and beautiful building of the masonic temple and remember what this village was founded on, and its past that is being forgotten.

Thank MadameLPS
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

very interesting artifacts and information about the whaling age. the winding staircase of the ship's captains former home was stunning. It was like the movie In the Heart of the Sea came to life.

Thank Kathy M
Kissimmee, Florida
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76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This museum tells the real history of Sag Harbor, one of a whaling town that by today's ethical standards would be abhorrent. Located on the ground floor of a former house, this museum displays five rooms of artifacts from the heyday of the whaling industry on Long Island. While it doesn't take too long to visit - 20 minutes at... More 

Thank M B
Northport, New York
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417 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped here the other day $6 for an adult. There is parking in the back. As far as the museum it's only the first floor of of the building. It definitely needs work and repairs. We went to the "50 little things" exhibit. It was interesting learned a little from it. But it's definitely not worth coming back more like... More 

Thank Wandering_Freee
Lynbrook, New York
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26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

While walking Sag Harbor we visited the museum, it is a exhibition about the history of the whaling industry in Long Island and also an art exhibition of modern paintings and sculptures Small area but with so many pictures, paintings and information.

Thank marcelonyc
Greenwich, Connecticut
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48 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

A terrific walk back in time to the "real" Sag Harbor, where men were men and wives waited patiently for as long as three years for their husbands to return from voyages far & wide. Well worth the price of admission, really a must-see for children and teenagers who may think that Sag Harbor is just about Bentleys and ocean-going... More 

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