Whalers Village Museum
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Learn about Scrimshaw at the Whalers Village Museum
Did you know that whalers in 19th-century Hawaii were paid only $.03 per day? Or that if a whaler was caught on shore after curfew (9:30 p.m.) he'd be hit with a $2 fine? For those who are interested in life during the whaling days, dozens of curious facts such as these can be found at the Whalers Village Museum. Located on the third story of the Whalers Village Shopping Center, the museum requires a $3 entry—a small sum to pay for the intriguing exhibits within. Or, if you're traveling with children younger than 12 who want to learn something new, entry is free. Once inside, learn about ways that whalers would pass the time, such as with scrimshaw: etching into whale teeth. Or watch one of the short documentaries on the realities of life at sea. You can read about how blubber was a valuable commodity and how the invention of electricity brought the industry to its knees. For those interested in the whales themselves, free talks are held six times per week about wintering humpback whales. Maui today is a protected sanctuary for endangered humpback whales; the museum doesn't aim to glorify whaling, it rather serves as an educational display on an important era in history.
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