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“This Should Be The 1st Thing You Do In Nantucket”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum
Ranked #1 of 82 things to do in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“This Should Be The 1st Thing You Do In Nantucket”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Ok, you don't have to do this the second you get to Nantucket, but you should be planning your trip around this experience. I would budget about a half a day...and if you can go on the early side, then you should take in as many talks as possible to learn as much as you can. It's like this, if you went to a National Park, you should go for a hike, visit the historic lodges and attend a ranger lecture. Well if you go to Nantucket, you should go to the beach, eat seafood, try to go on a sail, rent a bike but you should definitely go to the Whaling Museum.

The town is filled with history, but at the backbone of all that history is the Whaling Museum. I will go back again the next time I visit...there is a lot to learn, but it is fun. It's cool for all ages, but young children might get a little bored. I would start bringing kids when they are old enough to sit calmly during a lecture and who also really like to learn.

Let me say this, the speakers I saw were top notch. It definitely reminded me of visiting a National Park or Monument. More museums should be run this well.

Visited September 2011
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Huntsville, Alabama
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“The best whaling museum in the world.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

There is nothing to dislike. It is a homey music about whaling, which is sure to be a good memory for you.

Visited July 2011
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Stamford, Connecticut
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“Whaling Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

Not cheap to get in, but nice video and history of whaling and island

Visited February 2012
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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“Don't Miss It”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

The Whaling Museum recants the history of this huge Nantucket industry of days gone by. The story is beautifully told through artifacts, videos, dioramas, and story-telling by informed staff. Most enlightening...Nantucket is stepped in history and here is where to find it.

Visited August 2011
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Cute little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

I wish we would have planned better so that we could here the stories by the docents. We were there at the end of the day and would have liked to have spent a few more minutes looking around before the talk and the movie.

Visited September 2011
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Marjan S, Public Relations Manager at Whaling Museum, responded to this review, 6 September 2012
Thank you for visiting our Museum. We hope that you have a chance to visit us again and spend more time hearing the presentations and watching the movie.
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