59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum


In the Giant's Shadow: Whaling and Martha's Vineyard

Open April 22, 2016 - March 25, 2017

There was a time when nearly everyone on the Island was involved in whaling. Men often left the Island for years and sometimes never came back. Women traveled with whaling captains on their trips around the world or stayed home to care for their estates and families. In this exhibit, discover the impact of whaling on the lives of individual Islanders. Explore how whaling affected the people who went out to sea and those that stayed here during the 1800s, when whaling was the center of Martha’s Vineyard life.