Nantucket Sights

Whaling Museum

  • 13–15 Broad St. Map It
  • Nantucket Town
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/14/2016

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


13–15 Broad St., Nantucket Town, Massachusetts, 02554, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $20, includes other historic sites
  • Mid-Feb.– early Apr., weekends 11–3; mid-Apr.–late May, daily 11–4; late May–Oct., daily 10–5; Nov., weekends 11–4

Published 07/14/2016


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