Back in the 1800s, Lahaina was a busy harbor for whaling ships and their adventurers. The Whalers Village Museum takes visitors on a free trip through time and back to the days when men would voyage off to unknown seas for years at a time.
Exhibits show the cramped living quarters where the men stayed. Among the museums of collection of items made from whale ivory and bone is one of the largest models of a whaling ship in the world. There is also a very extensive scrimshaw collection. Scrimshaw is the art of carving on whale teeth or bones and then rubbing with ink to bring out the designs.
One of the crowning exhibits is the skeletal remains of a 4-foot Sperm Whale. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and admission is free. Self-guided audio tours are available in English, Spanish, German and Japanese.
The Whalers Village Museum displays over seventy species of whales. Introductory films about whaling history and Hawaii's state mammal, the Humpback Whale, are shown daily.
Photo murals and the skeletal remains of a 40-foot Sperm Whale are dramatically exhibited.
An authentic whaleboat, complete with gear and a re-created ship forecastle, graphically illustrates how 25 men lived in cramped quarters for years.
Located on the mezzanine level of the Whalers Village Shopping Center off of Ka'anapali Road, north of Lahaina near Ka'anapali Beach.