About the Whaling Museum
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 facinating 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.
Be sure to plan ample time to explore the history-rich galleries; enjoy daily programs, spotlight tours, and films exclusively created for the NHA; dive into featured exhibitions; play in the Discovery Center, and enjoy the unparalleled views of Nantucket Harbor from Tucker’s Roofwalk.
And don’t forget to visit the Museum Shop in the Hadwen & Barney Oil and Candle Factory, where you will find a carefully selected mixture of merchandise relating to Nantucket’s present and past.
In 2008, the Whaling Museum received accreditation from the American Association of Museums, an honor bestowed upon fewer than one of every twenty-two museums in the country. The museum was reaccredited in 2017.