Whaling Museum

15 Broad St.
Nantucket Island, MA 02554- Map It
(508) 228-1894

AAA Editor Notes

Whaling Museum is at 15 Broad St. Operated by the Nantucket Historical Association, the museum is housed in an 1847 candle factory where whale oil once was refined. Galleries depict the history of Nantucket through comprehensive exhibitions; included are displays of ship models, whaling tools, logbooks, portraits of whaling masters, furniture, and artifacts pertaining to candle making and the decorative arts. Among the highlights are a 16-foot-long lens from an island lighthouse, a 46-foot-long sperm whale skeleton and a large collection of scrimshaw. A rooftop observation deck overlooking Nantucket harbor, daily educational presentations and screenings of the 51-minute documentary “Nantucket” by filmmaker Ric Burns are offered. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
(includes all Nantucket Historical Association historic sites) $20; $18 (students with ID and senior citizens); $5 (ages 6-17).
Hours: Daily 10-5, late May-Oct. 31; daily 11-4, early Apr.-late May; Sat.-Sun. 11-4, Nov. 1-late Nov.; Sat.-Sun. 11-3, mid-Feb. to early Apr. Closed major holidays. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.