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Whaling Museum

13 Broad St. nantucket


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Nantucket’s can’t-miss attraction tells the story of the island’s whaling industry through paintings, photographs, ship logs, journal entries, letters and life-size displays of hunting gear, weapons and boats. The pièce-de-résistance is the awe-inspiring skeleton of a forty-six-foot sperm whale, which is suspended above the main hall and is particularly popular with kids. The tale of the seafaring men (and women) is fascinating, as is the lecture on whale hunting, included in the price of admission. You’ll learn a lot about the island and its intrepid inhabitants. For instance, captains were allowed to bring their wives on whale hunts, which could take up to five years (when local waters were overfished, ships sailed as far as the South Pacific). Don’t miss the journal of Susan Veeder, a courageous soul who traveled with her husband and sons on board the Nauticon from 1848 to 1853.

Written by Simone Girner

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