For Families With Children:
- Hoist the sail, swab the deck, pack for your journey, chart your global voyage, and climb into a whaler's bunkbed in our new, immersive exhibit geared for families with children, If I Were a Whaler.
- Thar She Blows: Whaling History On Long Island explores one of the region's most important industries. Smell a foc'sle, work on a ship hull, learn the hows and whys of whaling, and find out how the whaling industry launched a conservation movement.
- If I Were a Whaler is an immersive space encouraging imaginative exploration of a whaler's life for families with children.
- Artwork by the historical painter Mort Kunstler is on display until Sept 2017, as well as artwork by the renowned Norwegian-American artist Claus Hoie, who specialized in whaling subjects.
- The permanent collection of the museum's 19th century whaleboat, scrimshaw, diorama, and lots more are always on exhibit.
For Families With Children:
Overview Of Museum
What kind of exhibits are on Display?
"Lower away, and after him! And what tune is it ye pull to, men?
A dead whale or a stove boat!"
(Captain Ahab, Moby Dick, Chapter 36)
Highlights of the collection include New York State’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat with original gear, and one of the notable scrimshaw collections in the northeast. Find out what ambergris is, smell cooking blubber, see ship models, explore artifacts and tools used by whalers, stand under a sperm whale jaw, see a meticulously-crafted diorama of Cold Spring Harbor in 1850, and see whale bones up close, such as a giant rib.
Our Family Workshop is full of toys, puzzles, and games (when there is not a program or party taking place). Themed scavenger hunts (no extra cost) are given to our young visitors at the front desk.
Can I Visit With My Group?
We'd love to welcome you! Call us and arrange for an educator to talk about our collections, the amazing story behind our 19th century whaleboat, and artifacts with your group. We will also show a short film to give your group a better understanding of whaling.
Group visits have a minimum of 10 people. The cost is Regular Museum Admission + $30 flat fee for Museum Educator (1 educator can welcome up to 30 adults). To schedule your tour, please call us at 631-367-3418 x10.
How often do exhibits change?
The museum has reserved one area of the gallery to change themes on an annual basis, and often incorporates contemporary art.
what percentage of the museum's collection is on display?
Approximately 5%. Sounds like very little, but this is typical for most museums with collections. This also means you'll have to keep coming back for special exhibits!
May I Take Photographs?
The Whaling Museum welcomes visitors to take non-flash, personal-use photography, except where noted. Please be respectful of other visitors. Tripods are not permitted. Share your images with us on Twitter (#cshwhaling) and Facebook!
Commercial or promotional photography or filming projects are permitted only if planned and approved in advance in writing.
"Museums should be places where you raise questions, not just show stuff.”