As part of the Nantucket Historical Society, the Whaling Museum building was, in brief, originally a candle factory, circa 1846 - 1860, at the end of the whaling era. After several incarnations, the building was bought by the NHA in 1929 and converted to the Whaling Museum.
|Nantucket Historical Museum|
No museum of dark and dusty artifacts - there is something exciting to see for everyone in your family.
Here is a little preview of what you will enjoy there: *
A favorite: the full skeleton of a sperm whale that "washed ashore on New Year's Day, 1998." Yes, you read that right: not "1898" but fairly recently, in 1998. He is the happiest looking sperm whale around (and could possibly have been cast in "A Night at the Museum.")
|Sperm Whale skeleton at the NHA|
|Whale, boats, and scrimshaw and art|
Not to be missed, among this summer's current exhibits, there is "Nantucket Legends: Foggy Facts and Fiction." Any Off-islander will quickly come to understand that Islanders have a unique gift for passing down colorful tales. The trick is discerning truth from fantasy. Or...does it really matter??
Another exciting must-see is the premiere film of "Lost on a Reef: Nantucket Whaleship Two Brothers." The Nantucket whaling captain Pollard of the ill-fated "Essex" ended his career in a violent storm off the Hawaiian Islands, aboard the "Two Brothers," in 1823. This documentary brings alive the two year salvage operations of the "Two Brothers." In cooperation with NOAA. For more historical info about the ship "Two Brothers," click here to the NHA page.
*All images and some description in this post are from the NHA website.