Visiting the Nantucket Whaling Museum

Celebrate the Holidays at the Nantucket Whaling Museum 

Upon check-in to the Century House, guests are always told about destinations not to be missed here on beautiful Nantucket Island. At the top of that list, especially during the holiday season, is the iconic Nantucket Whaling Museum, a few short blocks from the inn.

Nantucket Whaling Museum at Christmas

Nantucket Whaling Museum History

Originally purchased in 1848 by whale-oil manufacturing firm Hadwen and Barney, the building that is now the Nantucket Whaling Museum was once dedicated exclusively to oil processing and candle manufacturing. About 20 years later, the whaling industry collapsed and the building was used as a warehouse. In 1929, it opened as the Whaling Museum. Through multiple restorations and expansions, the Museum now offers a series of guided tours, daily programs and films. It currently features eleven galleries and exhibitions …most awing is the 46-foot male sperm skeleton hung high above the ceiling in the Great Hall. This whale washed ashore onto Sconset Beach and is featured in the film Bones of History, which shows daily and is always a highlight for Century House guests. After a day at the museum, stroll back to Century House, pick up one of the complimentary copies of Moby Dick and nestle by the sitting room’s fireplace to relive the life of the Nantucket Whaler.

What a privilege it is to be so near such rich history here at the Century House!

Nantucket Whaling Museum Skeleton

A Special Offer for Century House Guests

Book a 2019 Nantucket getaway to Century House before December 31, 2018 and receive two admissions to the Nantucket Whaling Museum to enjoy during your stay.

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