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Whaling Museum, Nantucket

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Home to a large number of artifacts, tools, and displays, Whaling Museum documents the history of the industry in the region. Though controversial and outlawed today, the practice of whaling played a crucial role in the economic and human development of New England. Examine the instruments used by whalers to find, hunt, and process whales; the press for extracting whale oil is the only example of its kind remaining in its original place of use. Be sure to examine the whaling-related artwork throughout the facility. You'll find that the giant sperm whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling provides an impressive centerpiece for the museum. If you have time, try climbing up to the observation deck for a view over the Nantucket harbor. Make Whaling Museum a centerpiece of your Nantucket vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Nantucket travel route planner.
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  • Good history. Nice to take about an hour out of your day to see relics, scrimshaw, whaling history and more. Good for all ages. Don’t forget to go to the top roof observation deck. 
    Good history. Nice to take about an hour out of your day to see relics, scrimshaw, whaling history and more. Good for all ages. Don’t forget to go to the top roof observation deck.  more »
  • Lovely way to spend a cool rainy day on island. Fascinating history of whaling and Nantucket, and I loved learning about the generations of notable, accomplished women. The space is beautiful and the....  more
    Lovely way to spend a cool rainy day on island. Fascinating history of whaling and Nantucket, and I loved learning about the generations of notable, accomplished women. The space is beautiful and the....  more »
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  • This was a great experience. After 2 hours there were still things we wanted to cover. This place is a must if you visit Nantucket and it is so much more than just whales.
  • So much more interesting and educational than I could have imagined. Highly recommend. Check it out. Thank me later. Peace.

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