The museum has significantly improves its exhibits as an interactive, informative, and family friendly learning experience. Come sea what's new!
"A very informative Museum. Untold Stories, a dramatic life synopsis in 200 words, were very well written. Glad I did not live during whaling times - what a tough, lonely and scary existence."
Review by Kate K.
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. Pretend you're aboard a whaler in our new immersive space, If I Were a Whaler.
Heroines at the Helm, a special exhibit. will be on view through Labor Day 2019.
The previous exhibit, Breaking Boundaries, is viewable online.
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.
School visits can find more information here. 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?
In the past few years, the museum has been strategically changing and improving its exhibits to become more immersive, interactive, and meaningful. The museum has reserved one area of the gallery to change themes on an annual basis. That's why you should visit us often!
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.
How did whalers deal with bugs on a whaleship? Did whalers eat whalemeat? Who created the museum's diorama?
Join Museum Director Nomi Dayan in exploring diverse topics in whaling through informative & engaging audio clips which complement museum exhibits. Hear them on your phone at the exhibit, or anywhere.
Developed with a research project shaped by community input, supported by Humanities NY.
"Wonderful museum. The children enjoy being able to handle things in the section of the museum where there is a replica of a general store, historical costumes to try on and even the lower bunk of a ship bed to lie down. Lovely staff too."
Review by Laura D.
"Artifacts of all shapes & sizes, rare & common alike, are displayed throughout the two main rooms. Whether you are a seasoned historian or looking for a great introduction to the whaling industry of the 1800s, you will discover something new here."
Review by Joseph S.
"Museums should be places where you raise questions, not just show stuff.”