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Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Really cool place to visit

This museum is truly unique! Nantucket and shipwrecks are somehow inseparable. They have many... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Lada K
Awesome Seafaring History - Must See!

We were delighted to visit the Egan Maritime Museum, it is by far the most amazing history... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
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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...more
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158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This museum is truly unique! Nantucket and shipwrecks are somehow inseparable. They have many videos as welll where you can learn about history of light houses, life on the island and so on. Worth visiting. And as a bonus: there is a bike path going...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Lada, thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Nantucket's rich history is full of dramatic shipwrecks and heroic lifesaving; we are honored to keep and share these...More

Reviewed September 27, 2018

We were delighted to visit the Egan Maritime Museum, it is by far the most amazing history regarding seafaring, shipwrecks, lifesaving, and how the Coast Guard came into being. The historic displays are outstanding and it is quite remarkable what has been preserved and recreated...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tammy D
Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Tammy, thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and had a chance to explore the plethora of interesting information available to you at the Museum. Nantucket's rich...More

Reviewed September 18, 2018

This is a small museum with a great collection of artifacts and a fascinating story about the origins the Massachusetts Humane Society (not for animas -- for sailors!) which eventually became the US Coast Guard. Nantucket is surrounded by unpredictably shallow waters and so had...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Alice, thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and had a chance to explore the plethora of interesting information available to you at the Museum. Nantucket's rich...More

Reviewed August 28, 2018

Shipwrecks and Nantucket are inseparable. One gets to learn a lot about ships passing by Nantucket and how unpredictable the weather and coastline are. I enjoyed this visit a lot.More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and had a chance to explore the plethora of interesting information available to you at the Museum. We hope you...More

Reviewed August 23, 2018

I was glad to be with a local to find the place - easy to miss, but certainly worth the time. It is a story telling museums that weaves in a lot of local history with shipping/boating over time. I would recommend a guide (we...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and had a chance to explore the plethora of interesting information available to you at the Museum. We hope you...More

Reviewed August 8, 2018

My girlfriend and I biked to the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum not knowing exactly what to expect. We bought our tickets, which came with a free tour, and luckily for us a tour guide was ready and willing to walk us through the exhibits right...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and your tour with Katie! We hope you will have another chance to visit us soon!

Reviewed July 16, 2018

This little gem has no signs on the road so have to go by the street number.The stories and the explanations were a wonderful experience especially with Taylor as a guide! The stories and the rescue explanations were captivating. There were many paintings and actual...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and your tour! We are definitely working on increasing our signage and visibility on Polpis Road so that visitors have a...More

Reviewed June 24, 2018

It was a cold rainy day at the Figawi on Nantucket, so a friend and I decided to take in the Egan Maritime Museum -- it was well worth the trip. This place has artifacts of the early lifesaving, as well as diagrams and stories...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We hope you will come back and visit us again soon, rain or shine!

Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

We never knew there were so many shipwrecks around Nantucket. Lots to see and learn innthis old lifesaving station converted to a museum. Very inexpensive and super fun!

Date of experience: June 2018
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 19, 2018

Thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We hope you will come back and visit us again soon!

Reviewed January 6, 2018

We had visited Nantucket many times but had never visited the Shipwreck museum. This fall we checked it out and what a great little museum. The tour is excellent. You will be walked through the entire museum and they will explain everything to you and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Egan M, Manager at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Thank you, Brian, for your review and visit! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and the wonderful abundance of information available at the museum. We hope you will visit us again soon.

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BenH515
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Response from Egan M | Property representative |
Hi Ben, Yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible.
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