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“Outstanding small museum”

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum
Ranked #8 of 84 things to do in Nantucket
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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.
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Outstanding small museum”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

The docent who gave us a tour was outstanding and had very interesting and moving stories to tell. Watched a good film as well. We were very glad we went.

Visited July 2013
Thank Peggionthego
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“So interesting”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

We've been here twice - on 2 different trips to Nantucket. Both times we had a guide who told us great stories about the island, and they have good movies too. Makes you appreciate Nantucket's history.

Visited August 2012
Thank mimz3.14
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New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Small museum with lots of history and items on exhibits”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We stopped by the life saving museum while taking a break from biking. The first thing you notice is the dedication of the staff. They are all very knowledgeable and dedicated. While small the museum if packed full of history and information. The tours are informative and the movie is not to be missed. A great way to pass an hour or so.

Visited July 2013
Thank Brianccc
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Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Perfect for a rainy day”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

I'd been saving this one for a rainy day, and sure enough it was worth the wait. Our guide Tom knew just how to engage our children with stories about rescues etc. Be sure to see the video interview that Fred Rogers (Mr Rogers) did with Madaquet Millie.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank AmericanCurmudgeon
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Save it for a rainy day”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We visited the Nantucket Life-Saving Museum because it had been recommended to us by an individual native to Nantucket. It was a rainy afternoon and we couldn't really do anything outdoors, so we decided to give this museum a try. Overall the museum is pretty small, there are only 2-3 rooms of "exhibits", which are mostly just pictures and text on the walls. You have the option to watch a couple different films and to visit the small gift shop, but we were able to complete our visit in only 1 hour. Adults are $6 each, so I would recommend coming here only if inclement weather prevents you from doing other things. Paying the admission is worth it once just to say you've been there, but we don't feel the need to go back should we ever return to Nantucket.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Zach B
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