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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. Plan to visit Whaling Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Nantucket attractions using our Nantucket travel route planner .
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  • Beautifully done museum on the history of the whaling industry out of Nantucket. Informative short talks throughout the day.  more »
  • Gives you an insight into early Nantucket and into the whaling connections of the island. $20 entrance fee.  more »
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  • Very cool place! Great for a family activity. Really interesting exhibits and very informative. Also, really enjoyed the video they had playing that told you all about the history. It's one of those places that each time you went I think you'd learn something new. Definitely a neat place to check out!
  • Very cool place. Great place to be able to learn about the whaling history of Nantucket as well as get the opportunity to see cool art that was made from whale 🐳 skin back in the day when Nantucket was making a living by whaling. Great presentation with the ticket and then can go on the rooftop.

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