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“Very Cool Glimpse of Our Heritage!”

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum
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Owner description: Discover the history of whaling, the importance of whale conservation, and Long Island maritime history at The Whaling Museum. See an authentic 19th C whaleboat, learn how scrimshaw was made, and touch real whale bones. Enjoy special programs, craft workshops, lectures, and films.
Reviewed 12 March 2014

To look at Cold Spring Harbor today, it's not hard to visualize it 150 years ago as a whaling town. When you see the displays and artifacts, you get an appreciation of what a hard life these people led and how tough they had to be; both men and women. The men want to sea, sometimes for two or three years at a time, and the families had to fend for themselves. Imgaine going out in a rowboat, way out to sea, to harpoon a creature that might be four or five times bigger than the boat. But in those days it was a fair fight - sometimes the whalers won and sometimes the whale won. A fascinating look into the past. Great place to take the kids if they're open to that kind of thing.

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Reviewed 13 January 2014

We had a great time at this interesting museum. Lots of fun interactive displays, and a lot of wonderful facts about the history of whaling in Long Island and around Cold Spring Harbor specifically.

It's a really well done space that they seem to be updating frequently to follow museum trends!

Thank bwfol
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

The CSH Whaling Museum offers great special events, summer camps and school vacations camps for local kids. It's a nice change from all the sports-intensive camps as the focus is more on science and art with scavenger hunts and crafts. My daughters both loved it! For visitors, it's a great family-friendly place that educates about the Cold Spring Harbor's previous life as a whaling center. The town of CSH is a charming, old fashioned village with small shops and museums that can be walked on foot (one Main Street, 4-5 blocks long), and is wonderfully preserved.

Thank Barbara H
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Even though it is an older musuem, the displays are varied, include hands-on items, videos, dioramas, actual artifacts, and cover all aspects of whales up until today.

Thank seehuge
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

I grew up in this part of Long Island. This is a beautiful area. Quite scenic.
Much to do and see in Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor as well as all of Long Island,
especially the North Shore.

Thank RUSSELL28
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