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Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum
Ranked #9 of 87 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.
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Worth a visit although off the beaten path. 4 miles (each way)bike ride away from downtown. Part of the ride is out of the bike path and may be a bit nerve wreaking if riding with children. There is a nice hamburger restaurant just where the bike path begins which could be a good stop before or after visiting museum. Well conducted brief presentation by a docent. Call and check for time as it is worth listening to it. They also have a continuous movie. The museum is about the shipwrecks on the many shoals surrounding the island the heroic rescue crews and their methodology. Middle school children, teenagers and adults will enjoy it. If in Nantucket only for a day skip it a go to the Whaling museum instead.

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Egan M, Front Office Manager at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2013

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

a VERY good museum on an island that just does not have that many museums. A great couple of hours. Interesting exhibits, plus some interactive stuff for the kids. Off the beaten path, but definitely worth a visit!

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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.

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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!

Thank Patricia S
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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.

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