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Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)

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Well layout out exhibits. Great old photos and actual equipment used in whale hunting. They have a... read more

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Not the biggest museum in the world neither the smallest. Welcome is good Collections are great... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
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Rua dos Baleeiros 13, Lajes do Pico, Pico 9930-143, Portugal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well layout out exhibits. Great old photos and actual equipment used in whale hunting. They have a good short film telling about whale hunting with actual footage of the process and it was shown to usin English and is with watching.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Not the biggest museum in the world neither the smallest. Welcome is good Collections are great, their shape is so well cared that we can't help to touch it (sorry to the guard, touching is of course forbidden) You can feel life at whale hunt...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

A wonderful look at Pico whalers up to 1980’s. Documentary produced in 1970 of whaling on Pico was fascinating as well as the wonderful exhibits (including some National Geographic photos), and a library in a beautiful building space. It’s worth it to go to both...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank revett2016
Reviewed 21 September 2018

We were brought here as part of our tour of the island. It's only 2 euros but worth dropping in. Gives an very good account of the whaling industry. It's clear whaling was important for the economy of the island once upon a time. It's...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

Good documentary! Must see. Museum in authentic place. Not too big, perfect for an 1,5h or so. Friendly staff.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

This was at the end of our day tour of Pico. It was a very thoughtful museum and very modern layout.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rachel G
Reviewed 4 September 2018

another fine photo exhibit by pepe brix, different movie on the whalers' saga, always attentive staff ready to help and clarify, nice library (where I found copies of my books)

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank drchrysc
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Very good little museum, minimal entry fee and very interesting exhibits. Highlight for us was the 1970 documentary on whaling on the island, very armospheric. Some caution needed for sensitive (vegetarian) children.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Deborah M
Reviewed 2 August 2018

As participants of the whale watching tour offered by Espaco Talassa you get free entry to the Whaler's Museum. There you will find some information about the history of whale hunting on the Azores. A film shows you how whaler's life used to be. All...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Evenstar29
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The museum is partly located in a former whale processing factory. There is an interesting intro film on whaling, digitized from a 1970 short film “The Hunt”. The gory bits have been edited out (we saw the full film at another whaling museum) but shows...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jane R
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