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Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1885
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Ranked #8 of 49 attractions in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Owner description: In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day, all navigating without the benefit of modern nautical technology.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum is small but they packed a lot into it. Make sure to watch ALL the short movies. They really add to the story and they are done quite well.

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Dunellen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

My kids thought the museum was "Cool," "Fantabulous" and "Awesomeazing!" We had a great time learning about the history of shipwrecks & the men who risked lives saving captain and crew in unbearable conditions. I have gained so much respect for mariners and those who save them. Awesome.

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Boston
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We stopped in and a guide immediately gave us a fascinating 10 minute introduction to the extensive history of shipwrecks on Nantucket. The museum was full of interesting displays and write-ups. We only stayed about 30 minutes, but were delighted with the visit.

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NYC
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9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 via mobile

Had tickets from groupon and had a great time. Located outside of the village. Has a great view and table overlooking the water. Went into the museum and the docent have a great tour. A real gem.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is a fascinating museum --- and we would definitely recommend trying to get a tour from one of the volunteers. We got so much more out of it by doing the tour / as opposed to just walking around and reading exhibit information. So many interesting stories & artifacts to check out. Nice spot for a picnic too /... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is a terrific small museum, with a beautiful location by a scenic marsh. It's also at a convenient resting point along the Polpis Road bike trail. They have old surf boats, breeches buoys, artwork depicting the lifesaving crew in action and four short local history films. Admission price is a good value too. Highly recommended; take the tour with... More

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nantucket
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

very interesting history of the life saving stations on Nantucket and the people who manned them. Museum located off Polpis Road next too Folger Marsh. A good way to spend an hour or two .

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

It's out of town, but so worth the trip. See the beginnings of what grew into the Coast Guard. Very moving.

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Small museum, but well worth a visit. Historical information well presented by dedicated docents. Combine with visit to Lightship Basket Museum.

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Wonderful guide in museum really talked about many interesting subjects. The museum is very nice with plenty of exhibits and a wonderful video about Madaket Millie.

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