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Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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Address: 279 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, NY 11724-1438
11:00 - 17:00
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Sun 23:00 - 00:00
Sun - Fri 11:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 10:59

Discover the history of whaling, the importance of whale conservation, and...

Discover the history of whaling, the importance of whale conservation, and Long Island maritime history at The Whaling Museum. See an authentic 19th C whaleboat, learn how scrimshaw was made, and touch real whale bones. Enjoy special programs, craft workshops, lectures, and films.

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Small, but interesting, museum

I took my daughter to Cold Spring Harbor for a day trip to escape the boredom of winter. Let me first say that the museum is small, but don't let that deter you from spending the... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Nadia I
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Roslyn, New York
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53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My date and I enjoyed the Whaling Museum and learned a lot about Long Island's whaling industry from the various exhibits, artifacts and interactive things throughout the museum. Great place to take older kids, too, for a wonderful and fun learning experience.

Thank Tina O
CSHWhalingMuseum, Manager at Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, responded to this review

Hello Tina, Our team is thrilled to hear you and your date enjoyed the Museum, and for taking the time to share your experience with us. We hope you'll come visit again soon for an event! More 

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33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I took my daughter to Cold Spring Harbor for a day trip to escape the boredom of winter. Let me first say that the museum is small, but don't let that deter you from spending the money to visit. It is packed full of pieces of Long Islands history of whaling. There is great care put into provide tons of... More 

Thank Nadia I
Management response:

Hello Nadia, thank you so much for visiting us this week! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We loved the picture you posted of you and your daughter. It's a great shot - would you allow us to share the picture in our promotional materials? Please let us know! Thanks again for making the time to visit.... More 

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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I grew up in Seaford and now live in Cold Spring Harbor. Nothing beats how awesome the history is in this town. This is just one of many spots I go to here to see what it's like. I like marine life so this place really does it for me.

Thank LarryKhulmann
Management response:

Larry, thank you so much for your review! We think the history here is terrific, too, and are glad you appreciate both the ocean and our heritage. We are happy to be your neighbor. More 

Syosset, New York
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55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

The whaling museum looks tiny from the outside but it is filled with so many details about whaling. It is worth a visit if you are ever nearby.

Thank skbeachqueen
Management response:

Thanks for the positive review! We are so happy you made the time to visit this week, and we hope to 'sea' you again for some of our terrific events! More 

Northport, New York
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52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We have been there twice. The first time the volunteer was so interesting and had us all spellbound. So a couple of years we took more visitors to this Long Island Museum about the Whaling industry on Long Island and the volunteer was totally uninformed about the subject. I do not like to be negative and can only hope it... More 

Thank Linda110141
Management response:

Hello Linda, thank you for taking the time to visit our museum. We are so sorry to hear your visit wasn't a great one, and we'd love the chance to make it up to you. Please reach out to us at director@cshwhalingmuseum.org or 631-367-3418 x17. Hoping to hear from you! More 

Coram, New York
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I've been here numerous times. The museum is small, but is the only place I know of where kids (and adults) can learn about whaling. They have some beautiful pieces of scrimshaw.

Thank Shadowmerlin
Management response:

Thank you so much for your great review. We're so happy you visited! Come again soon! More 

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128 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This place is a nice place to learn about how harsh whaling was. We stopped here right after we ate lunch at the sandbar. Once we entered it I saw a lot of crimshaw. The guy with the information was telling us all about it and was very informative. Later, we saw a 21 minute film which was filmed in... More 

Thank Hamptongourmet
Management response:

We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit here and learned a lot from the whaling film. Enjoy your whistle! More 

Syosset, New York, USA
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We went here for my son's friend's Birthday party. The kids were all between 4-5 and a few 2 year olds. This is such a cute little place with a lot of exploring to do for the kids. The people working here are knowledgeable and friendly. My kids favorite place was the area with the bunk beds. They kept hiding... More 

1 Thank love2travel1207
Management response:

Glad you enjoyed the party here. Thanks so much for posting your review! Come back and play again here soon! More 

New York City, New York
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Great place for a quick visit on a rainy summer afternoon with kids. A lot of really cool stuff and a fun interactive kids play section. However, the place could use updating. Some the curatorial information did not seem current and would benefit from seeming like a professional museum as far as it installations. That said, it is a gem... More 

1 Thank FreepBPR
Management response:

Thanks so much for posting your review from the summer here. You were right -- our galleries did need an update! The good news is we just reopened with brand-new exhibits. We'd love it if you might be able to visit us again, and we'd be happy to offer complimentary admission (please email ndayan@cshwhalingmuseum.org). Hope to 'sea' you soon! More 

Bay Shore, New York
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234 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

Located in the heart of town. Interesting history of whaling and how it was part of Long Island. Very educational displays. If traffic is light, ask them to play the 11 min. video. Without the video, allow 1 hour. Street parking.

1 Thank golf472
Management response:

Thank you so much for the review of our special museum! We've just installed some fresh new exhibits this month -- come visit us again soon if you're in the area! More 

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