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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
+1 508-228-1894
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Wonderful walk through Nantucket’s whaling history!

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Whaling Museum. Exhibits were interesting and entertaining... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
BMcG1954
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Milford, Connecticut
Nantucket Whaling Museum.....A Must See!

Beautiful, informative museum in which artifacts are well displayed, So many things to see... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
vtrodou
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Meeker, Oklahoma
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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average2%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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13 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3502
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+1 508-228-1894
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Whaling Museum. Exhibits were interesting and entertaining (I’m thinking of the sensory “smells” hands-on exhibit). Walking through the room with all the the family artifacts was fascinating. The firsthand written accounts, the clothing, furniture, etc., really gives a...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Beautiful, informative museum in which artifacts are well displayed, So many things to see. Attended the presentations of History of Nantucket and The Whaling Experience (what it was like to be on a whaling ship). Well done and a must.

Thank vtrodou
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Your trip to Nantucket wouldn’t be complete without going to the Whaling museum. It’s centrally located amongst shops and restaurants. The building itself is really beautiful and the museum well laid out. The optional intro movie is not to be missed-it’s a beautifully filmed and...More

Thank Vervainandrue
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We spent a few hours at the Whaling Museum. We watched the amazing film which explained Nantucket’s history. We also attended an informative talk on the Whaling industry. I had no idea how far- reaching it was! Very worthwhile!!

Thank lfortin16
Reviewed 6 days ago

Plan to spend a couple of hours here. The film about Nantucket was great. We also did the museum tour, which taught me a lot. Definitely worth the price.

Thank MonkysAndrea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

a little pricy in the close season when for 20 dollars you get entry to the museum. In the season you also get entry to other attractions so I don't understand why they don't discount the tickets in the fall and winter. Anyway your admission...More

Thank cltboy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss this museum. A must visit. If you have read Moby Dick or seen the movie, you know about Nantucket and the whaling history of this town, so you will want to see these exhibits and watch at least one movie shown on your...More

Thank Wanda G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for couples and family to get a history of the island. Ticket pricing is very reasonable and worth it. Perfect for days that are rainy and cold.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed this - much more than I thought I would! The volunteers there do a great job with the tours and lectures.

Thank quinceyos7
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with the intent of spending an hour or so during a day trip to the island. Wound up spending several hours and could have spent more had we not had to catch the ferry back to the Cape. There is a great movie about...More

Thank JustLurking
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georgiairene2017
21 August 2017|
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Response from NHATeam | Property representative |
Hi Georgia, Our museum does not operate whale watching tours. We recommend contacting Nantucket Visitor Services or the Chamber of Commerce to find a company that provides these sort of offerings. We hope you'll come... 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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