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Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

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Address: 158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
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In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day,...

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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A most rewarding place to visit.

The Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is a gem. It has films, interesting historical exhibits, maps and charts. It reminds one that Nantucket is an island. The people there are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is a gem. It has films, interesting historical exhibits, maps and charts. It reminds one that Nantucket is an island. The people there are knowledgable and gracious.

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Thank Carol C
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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Reviewed January 30, 2017

Did you know that there were over 600 shipwrecks around Nantucket? This museum is a gem that shouldn't be missed. halfway to 'Sconset on the Polpis Road, it is a great stop on your bike trip to 'Sconset. Not to be missed.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed October 22, 2016

Determined to visit this place while its Andrea Doria exhibit was on, we took a taxi from town. Wonderful docent and good, clear exhibits including life-saving tools and techniques used over the years off Nantucket. Well worth a visit. Questions sought and answered. Unfortunately the Andrea Doria exhibit gone. Museum closes mid Oct. like so many museums on island. Things... More 

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Thank ClaudiusIV
New York City, New York
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

From Nantucket Bakery we started to drive to the Shipwreck Museum, good place to see and very educational, don't forget to visit this place when you are in the Island.

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Thank Jun J
Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed October 18, 2016

A nice little museum. Learn about the early settlers of Nantucket and their efforts to rescue in distress ships off the coast. Madaket Millie retrospective was one of best.

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Reviewed October 10, 2016

This is a really nice and charming little museum. Staff was very enthusiastic. Exhibits were somewhat limited, but the historical explanations were very helpful and interesting. Not really for small children. Not exciting enough.

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Thank Andrew B
Sugar Land, Texas
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Reviewed October 1, 2016

Fantastic exhibit. Tour guide was very interesting and very knowlegeable. Pictures and exhibits were fantastastic. A must see!

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Reviewed September 18, 2016

Our guide was stationed on the Nantucket lightship and shared some great stories and observations about his service during our tour. You will learn a lot about the US Lifesaving service and the dramatic rescues and shipwrecks surrounding Nantucket.

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Thank artemisajd
Aspen, Colorado
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Reviewed September 17, 2016

A very well planned out museum that is perfect in quality and content for people of all ages. Multiple forms of media and displays.

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Reviewed September 7, 2016

The Fellow who gave the tour could not have given us any more information . He was fantastic and answered all the questions and never rushed the people through the exhibits. I especially liked the photos and stories of Mr Rogers and Millie

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