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I found the personal history of the area very interesting - good priced entry; staff pleasant. Good... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
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Whale of a time !

Really interesting way to spend an hour or two. The man who works there was really nice and... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

I found the personal history of the area very interesting - good priced entry; staff pleasant. Good to check out if you are visiting for a few hours on a cruise ship (avoid the aquarium)

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Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Really interesting way to spend an hour or two. The man who works there was really nice and friendly. The whale centre is free and in a beautiful location.

Thank Tsmck
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Taking a whale-watching boat tour? Check out the Centre first to learn about the creatures you'll see in the wild.

Thank SFTheaterDistrict
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This is a compact but attractive museum right on the waterfront of Picton. The are displays and videos of the various types of whales and whaling which was a predominant activity in the area up until last century. There is also a small gift selection....More

Thank TheDoor_isopen
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Interesting little building which has lots of information about whales in relation to the whalers who worked here. Worth a quick visit if passing.

Thank SteveS1970
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Really worth a visit to learn more about protection of whales and the maori culture. Thanks Patricia for being so welcoming!

Thank Ana V
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Although not big its full of information. There is lots of boards full of information and also tv screens with videos to see from history and today

Thank TaupoSheryll
Reviewed 29 July 2016

First time in here.Take your time and look around.There is some very interesting facts about the history of the whalers, all the way to now how they are protected mostly now.Grab a tee shirt while your at it.I will come again.

Thank alan h
Reviewed 9 July 2016

An amazing history of whaling in the area and the hardships people endured in order to make a living. You can spend as much time as you need here as there is something for everything.

Thank Luke S
Reviewed 26 April 2016

It is worth a visit and will not break the budget. A pretty good collection of whaling history and worth a visit.

Thank Cheryl K
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