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Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
+1 508-228-1885
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Very Informative!!

Very impressed by how kid and 'grand' parent friendly this place is. Lots of hands-on/interactive... read more

Reviewed August 17, 2015
Cleveland, Ohio
Nice informative stop on the bike path

REcommend to visit for those who have interest in how lives were rescued at sea as well as some... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2015
Olga R
Boston, MA
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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 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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158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
+1 508-228-1885
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Reviewed August 17, 2015

Very impressed by how kid and 'grand' parent friendly this place is. Lots of hands-on/interactive exhibits and a brief movie clip explaining lifesaving process. Marshall the GIANT stuffed lifesaving sea dog at the front door leaves you feeling warm, safe & dry!

Reviewed August 13, 2015

REcommend to visit for those who have interest in how lives were rescued at sea as well as some famous shipwrecks. Also, you get a free tour with a visit. It is especially nice that is done by someone so knowlegeable and passionate about the...More

Thank Olga R
Reviewed July 25, 2015

The museum contains displays focusing on the many ways that Nantucketers worked to prevent shipwrecks, and rescued passengers and sailors whose vessels were in distress. There are films to view and many artifacts to see. A guide is included in the price of admission ($10)...More

Thank RiBrown74
Reviewed July 15, 2015

Not sure why I overlooked this museum, but at the insistence of a friend, we visited...and we enjoyed every minute. Docent very knowledgeable and we even bought the book about Marshall the Dog for our granddaughter.

Thank SassySandi049
Reviewed July 13, 2015

You need a few hours to take it all in but do not miss it! The movie is very well-presented and a nice break from walking around the island. There are no discounts on the admission price at all.

Thank outsidenow
Reviewed July 13, 2015

A great way to spend an hour or so learning about the formation of the first life saving group in America. You'll learn of the over 1000 shipwrecks that circle Nantucket from the fog, shoals and reefs that the ships could not see and ended...More

Thank AspenFoodie
Reviewed July 11, 2015

This museum is now very well organized showing the systems and people involved in the early days of shipwreck rescue and lifesaving. Nice display on the Andrea Doria too. Several dioramas showing how these old systems worked. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Suitable for...More

Thank Jeff T
Reviewed July 2, 2015

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...More

Thank 35JudyB
Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

Thank caryn1958
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...More

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Ben H
Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
October 22, 2016|
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Response from Egan M | Property representative |
Hi Ben, Yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible.