Nantucket Whaling Museum

Nantucket Whaling Museum information

Nantucket Town , USA
13 Broad St
+1 508 228 1894
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adult/child $20/5
Opening hours
11am-4pm Apr-May, 10am-5pm Jun-Oct, hours vary Sat & Sun Nov-Dec & mid-Feb–Mar
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One of the island's highlights, this evocative museum occupies an 1847 spermaceti (whale oil) candle factory and the excellent exhibits relive Nantucket's 19th-century heyday as the whaling center of the world. There's a worthwhile, albeit long (54 minutes), documentary on the island, incredible scrimshaw exhibits (engravings and carvings done by sailors on ivory, whalebone or baleen), and a 46ft sperm whale skeleton rising above it all. Be sure to head to the rooftop deck for lovely views.

Admission is steep, but grants access to the other Nantucket Historical Association properties open to the public.