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. Arrange to visit Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum and other attractions in Nantucket using our Nantucket tour itinerary planner.
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  • How to make a basket and also old masterpieces were exhibited. Visitors from Japan is very often.
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  • Having never heard of a Lightship or a Lightship basket, this was informative. Watch a short documentary and then had a guide walk me around the displays. Not a big place, but you do learn about these...  more »
  • We spent about an hour here. There is an informative video about both the history and more contemporary aspects of Nantucket basket making as well as a demonstration by a basket maker. The staff are h...  more »

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