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“A good size museum for a vacation visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum
158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1885
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Ranked #5 of 45 Attractions in Nantucket
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
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“A good size museum for a vacation visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Not too long, not too short, definitely not boring. The old-school lifesaving mechanisms and techniques are still incredible, ship rescues so daunting. Love the history pieces and stories here. So much maritime history here. Definitely recommend for a couple hours on a cloudy afternoon.

Visited August 2013
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Beaufort, North Carolina
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The very best part of the museum was the video showing Mr. Rogers interviewing Madaket Millie! Glad that piece of history has been saved!

Visited August 2013
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“Fascinating place...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Great little museum based on lifesaving & lighthouses. Our tour guide Dick actually was a fixture upon one of the lightships and was a wealth of knowledge and just great old guy! Beautiful location as well.

Visited August 2013
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Gainesville, GA
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“Good quick museum to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This was really interesting and an order gentleman took me around and told me the history. It was interesting to see all the areas where ships wrecked. One really interesting thing toward the end was an interview with Millie (restaurant named after her at Madaket). Take the time to watch the video of her with Mr. Rogers (yes, the same guy from your childhood tv on PBS). I watched it and then saw her house at Madaket. Great to do on Nantucket

Visited August 2013
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Avon, Connecticut
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“Worth an afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This museum off the Polpis Road pays homage to the US Lifesaving Service and the Lighthouse Service, which have morphed into the Coast Guard. It has examples of surf lifeboats, breeches buoys and other equipment, and is located in one of the old Lifesaving stations. They also had a film of Fred Rogers interviewing Millie Jewitt, a famous island resident known for her operation of the West End command, a semi-official cooperation between Millie & the USCG, for very many years.

Visited July 2013
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