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“more of nantuckets history” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum
Ranked #10 of 83 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.
Boston
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“more of nantuckets history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2014

we got a big guided tour and watched four short films on shipwrecks and heroic lifesaving events this museum is very nice

Visited August 2014
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Medfield, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Worth the trip!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2014

We really enjoyed the museum! Lots of great history and nostalgia about the island and the various people. We all learned something new about this magical island! The space is beautiful both inside and out.

Visited August 2014
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Oxford, Mississippi
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66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Dive into Nantucket history with a visit to the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

We enjoyed a guided tour of the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum on our last full day on the island, and were rewarded with a unique trip back into history as interpreted by an excellent and well-prepared docent. Our tour made us aware of Nantucket's vital role in the development of today's US Coast Guard and the heroic actions of relatively small crews of dedicated boatsmen who braved the worst of N'orEasters to save lives that otherwise would have been lost due to scores of shipwrecks, including the terrific damage that was wrought by the "No Name Storm" in 1991 on which "The Perfect Storm" was based. The museum itself is easy to navigate,with many fascinating exhibits and real-life rescue boats, life lines, and unique artwork, but our learned guide made it an experience we will not forget.

Visited August 2014
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Very interesting to learn a bit more about the Whaling history of Nantucket. Beautiful area outside with lifebelt swings for kids and benches by a lovely pond.

Visited July 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
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249 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Museum - Worth the Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014

This museum is out of town, but it is worth the trip. It is really small and the volunteers give guided tours, which was great. Cool swings and a rope climbing wall outside. Beautiful setting with picnic tables. Nice gift shop too.

Visited July 2014
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