Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, Nantucket

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At Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, learn about the island’s history of basket-weaving, as well as the origins and practicality of the craft. The small museum boasts a permanent, continuously expanding collection of lightship baskets--from those made in the whaling era to some contemporary examples. Look for the tools from the workshop of Jose Formoso Reyes, the famous 20th-century basket-maker. Watch the documentary explaining the making process and the similarities and differences between Native American and New Hampshire farm baskets. The museum keeps the tradition alive by offering weaving courses to guests. Plan your Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nantucket using our Nantucket holiday planner.
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  • July 19, 2017
    We walked to the museum down Union St. Beautiful gardens on both sides, flowers everywhere, and an easy walk! However sidewalk is narrow and we did need to walk in the street in a place or two, so not...  more »
  • July 7, 2017
    This is a great diversion on a rainy afternoon. The movie was informative and should not be missed. All of the staff are charming and knowledgeable. It's quite small but full of goodies!  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    Didn't know before that what is now a highly sought after craft and artwork started as utilitarian baskets made on the lightships to while away the hours. Very good short movie, beautiful exhibits, lo...  more »

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