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Whalers Village Museum | Lahaina, HI

http://www.whalersvillage.com/ | By village museum
2435 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761
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$1 - $3


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Every Monday from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m Every Tuesday from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m Every Wednesday from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m Every Thursday from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m Every Friday from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m Every Saturday from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m Every Sunday from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m

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808.661.4567 Visit Website

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Whalers Village Museum 

Learn about the fascinating Humpback Whales! Our knowledgeable NOAA volunteers will answer all your questions about why these leviathans make their annual journey from Alaska to Hawai‘i and give you the the latest updates from researchers and scientists.

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily


General Admission: Adult $3, Senior $2, Kamaaina/Student/Military $2, Child $1 (6yrs-18yrs), and children 6yrs and under are free. 


45-Ton Humpback Whale Talks

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am - 12pm at Whalers Village Whale Museum (located on the 3rd floor)

Whalers Village is strategically situated to provide a direct view to the ‘Au‘au Channel, one of the densest Humpback Whale population centers in Hawaii. The shallow warm water surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands constitutes one of the world’s most important habitats for the endangered North Pacific Humpback Whales. This protected area is designated as the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is jointly managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Hawai`i.

A whaling life

It’s hard to believe now, but from 1825 to 1860, Lahaina was a bustling whaling town. The Whalers Village Museum takes you back in time through the eyes of an ordinary sailor or “whaleman.” It was man verses the whales and the elements.

The forecastle of a whaling ship has been recreated, where 25 men lived cramped together for voyages that lasted as long as five years. Other exhibits include antique ornaments and utensils made from whale ivory and bone, and one of the world’s largest scale models of a whaling ship.

The museum also has a prized collection of 19th century scrimshaw—pictures finely carved on whale teeth and bone, then rubbed with ink to bring out the design. Self-guided audio tours are available in English, Spanish, German and Japanese.

About the whales

Imagine drinking orange juice through your teeth. That’s a pretty good description of how a baleen whale eats krill. Visit our section on the different whales that visit and live in Hawaiian waters.