Whaling Museum reopens February 1

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will reopen the Whaling Museum on Tuesday, February 1, with free admission for the year-round community and visitors.

The NHA is excited to announce that daily, in-person, interpretive programming will return to the Whaling Museum this year after a hiatus during the pandemic.  Interpretive programming includes The Essex Gam, which retells the tragedy of the whaleship Essex, stove by a whale in 1820 in the Pacific Ocean, and The Hunt, exploring what it was like to live aboard a whaleship and hunt for whales in the 19th century. The Perkin Fund generously supports museum interpretive programming.

The community-focused lecture series, Food for Thought, will also launch on Tuesday, February 1 at 5:30 pm and will be held bi-weekly through April.  The first two lectures in February will be via Zoom and then transition to in-person, in the Whaling Museum for March and April.  Speakers for February include Aidan Feeney of Nantucket’s local Fog Town Farm and Zacil Nash, who will share “Nantucket Love Stories: Why I Came, Why I Stayed.” View the full schedule here.

The museum will remain open Monday–Saturday (closed Sundays), 10 am–4 pm throughout the winter season. Robust sanitizing measures to make the indoor experience safe will continue.

For more information on how to plan your visit to the Whaling Museum, visit NHA.org or call 508-228-1894.


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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