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Whaling Museum

Whaling Museum

Built 1846, acquired 1929, renovated and expanded 2005. The Whaling Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Featuring permanent and rotating exhibitions in 9 premium galleries, with over a thousand works of art, artifacts and treasures on display, it tells the Island’s fascinating stories over 4 centuries.  The museum is home to a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, a massive Fresnel lens, a restored 1847 candle factory and a relaxing, fully-accessible rooftop deck offers stunning views of Nantucket harbor.

The Whaling Museum may occasionally close early due to weather, special events, or maintenance.



Whaling Museum

13 Broad Street, MA

Accessibility Information

Service animals are welcome to visit the Museum. We follow the Federal government’s guidelines on service animals. The NHA welcomes dogs that are individually trained to perform a task or work for a person with a disability, but please leave pets at home.


Non-motorized wheelchairs are available for visitors to use at no cost, on a first-come, first-served basis. You can request them at the Ticketing Desk in the main lobby.

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available on the first floor in the Timeline hallway. Additional public restrooms are available at the entrance to the Discovery Center.


Assistive Listening devices are available for lectures, films and presentations in Gosnell Hall and films in the Candle Factory theater. Please see the front desk or an Interpreter for a device.


Through May 23, Open Monday–Saturday (closed Sundays), 10am-4pm

May 24-October 17, Open Daily, 9am-5pm


Whaling Museum Pass

Adult: $20
Youth/Student (6-22): $5
Under 6: Free

The Whaling Museum Pass is good for one visit to the Whaling Museum alone.

Ask about applying your ticket toward membership.

Active duty military are always free!  Veterans will be free on Veterans Day–Wednesday, November 11, 2021.


  • Yellow Cobblestone Road Tour at the Nantucket Whaling Museum

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