Focused on fostering an appreciation of Nantucket’s historic significance, local museums celebrate the island’s evolution from an early Native American settlement, to the whaling capital of the world, to what is now a celebrated vacation destination. Experience the many exhibits and guided tours of the island’s numerous museums and historic sites near our luxury hotel. Explore some of our favorites below.
Collecting and displaying the island’s history since 1929, the Nantucket Whaling Museum includes a Sperm Whale exhibit, Souvenir Gallery, Captain’s Portraits, Scrimshaw Gallery, Decorative Arts Gallery, and Candle Factory, in addition to numerous evolving exhibits. Stop into the neighboring Museum Shop for treasured gifts, keepsakes and other historic mementos.
Allow the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum to introduce you to the beauty, complexity and history of this unique art form. Proud to be “weaving Nantucket’s past into its future,” the museum features historic and contemporary lightship baskets, educating the public through exhibits, demonstrations and lectures.
The hidden shoals, dense fog and unpredictable weather off the coast of Nantucket led to over 700 shipwrecks throughout the 19th century. The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum tells of those brave islanders who worked to rescue men lost at sea, with the motto: “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”
The Mitchell House was named as one of the Top 10 Women’s History sites in the country by USA Today! Please come visit us to learn about the history of one of America’s most fascinating women: Maria Mitchell.