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Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum Review

With exhibits that include a fully rigged whaleboat and a skeleton of a 46-foot sperm whale, this must-see museum—a complex that includes a restored 1846 spermaceti candle factory—offers a crash course in the island's colorful history. Items on display include harpoons and other whale-hunting implements; portraits of whaling captains and their wives (a few of whom went whaling as well); the South Seas curiosities they brought home; a large collection of sailors' crafts; a full-size tryworks once used to process whale oil; and the original 16-foot-high 1850 lens from Sankaty Head Lighthouse. The Children's Discovery Room provides interactive-learning opportunities. Be sure to climb—or take the elevator—up to the observation deck for a view of the harbor.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 13–15 Broad St., Nantucket Town, MA, 02554 | Map It
  • Phone: 508/228–1894
  • Cost: $20 (all access pass includes other historic sites)
  • Hours: Mid-Feb.– early Apr., weekends 11–3; mid-Apr.–late May, daily 11–4; late May–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov., weekends 11–4
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  • Location: Nantucket Town
Updated: 12-23-2013

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