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Whalers Village Museum

The Whalers Village Museum is temporarily closed for renovations.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

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 Whalers Village Museum showcases a prized collection of 19th century scrimshaw—pictures finely carved on whale teeth and bone then rubbed with ink to bring out the design, antique ornaments and one of world’s largest scale models of a whaling ship. Self-guided audio tours are available in English, Spanish, German and Japanese.

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 Hawaii.