CURRENT PERMANENT EXHIBITS
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. Get insight into the range of personal experiences in Untold Stories, funded by the Huntington Arts Council through the NY State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program.
If I Were a Whaler is an immersive space encouraging imaginative exploration of a whaler's life. The space is filled with facts for all visitors, and is especially welcoming 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.
Explore the fascinating experiences and roles of whaling wives in the special exhibit, Heroines at the Helm. (Closes Sept 1, 2019)
The permanent collection of the museum's 19th century whaleboat, the only one of its kind in New York State, scrimshaw, diorama, and lots more are always on exhibit.
"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.
"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.”