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Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

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Address: 158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: 508-228-1885
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Description: In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each...
In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day, all navigating without the benefit of modern nautical technology. Unpredictable storms, dense fog and strong currents often caught even the most experienced sailors off guard. Treacherous shoals and inclement weather led to over 700 shipwrecks in the surrounding waters of Nantucket, causing the area to be dubbed "a graveyard of the Atlantic."The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of those Islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked mariners. These men served in organizations devoted to maritime rescue, such as the Massachusetts Humane Society, United States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard.The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is located at 158 Polpis Road, just 3.5 miles from Nantucket Town. The museum can easily be reached by car, NRTA Shuttle/Polpis Route or by the Polpis Bike Path. We are open from Thursday, May 23 through Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission costs are free for members, $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth 5 - 17 and free to children under 5. The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museum program that offers free admission to active duty military and their families.Come visit the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum and enjoy guided tours, films, new exhibits, family-friendly programs, special events and more, designed to appeal to all ages.
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An enjoyable look at island life

The film was very interesting about island life and was very moving about our ancestors. We purchased a ticket that gave us free access to the other walikng sites which some were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The film was very interesting about island life and was very moving about our ancestors. We purchased a ticket that gave us free access to the other walikng sites which some were (sorry) boring to us but some great, for example the fire station and the old jail. You need a full day as in early June most sites close... More 

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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Beautifully updated with some short films and interactive exhibits. great history and gives a feel for the old Nantucket. Docent had a wonderful personality and enthusiasm for the topics

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I love this museum. Visitors are drawn in by the shipwreck tales but the moving story to me is how islanders volunteered their time and resources and risked their lives to save people, creating life saving huts, then manned stations. I am also interested in the evolution of more efficient boats and other life saving equipment. Added bonus is the... More 

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Chelmsford, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

INCREDIBLE narratives of the lifesaving efforts of the Humane Society(yes, the Humane Society, as it was called), of the Commonwealth, and the guardsmen during the whaling days. There's been over 700 shipwrecks off the coast of Nantucket! Who knew!

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A gem of a museum on Nantucket - well worth the short jaunt to get there. You'll learn tons about the island. It's a great stop on a bike ride around the Polpis loop.

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Selbyville, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Great time. Excellent guide, Chuck!!! Everyone was friendly. Nice short movies. Wonderful exhibits! We were dropped off by a tour bus to see this museum and once we were done, the staff kindly called a cab for us to get back to our return ship. (Buses weren't running as yet for season) all around great experience!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Terrific little museum tells a story about the Nantucket lifesavers who risked their lives to rescue shipwrecks. Great stuff for kids too, and several short movies that are very informative. 6 miles out of town on a beautiful marsh area. Can do it in 45 minutes or 2 hours.

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

this is a small museum with a lot to show. We had a docent tour which was excellent. We leaned a lot about Nantucket and the life saving. It's not as easy as it looks. They encountered problems I never thought about. They led the way for life sang and others learned from them. Very interesting

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a wonderful little museum that captures much of the historic sailing history and shipwrecks around the island. It's a great place to take children. We passed it many times before actually visiting and I am very happy we did. It's very well done great displays, nice little gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is a very interesting and informative museum which gives you some insight into life on Nantucket

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Additional Information about Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Address: Address: 158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: 508-228-1885
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Nantucket
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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