Nantucket Shipwreck & Life Saving Museum, Nantucket

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
The Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, an affiliate of the Egan Maritime Institute, features permanent and changing exhibitions that will fascinate both adults and children. Highlights in the collection of over 5000 artifacts include period surfboats, beach carts, Fresnel lenses from Brant Point and Great Point Lighthouses, vintage photographs and short films about famous wrecks and rescues.

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 proud to be part of the Blue Star Museum program that offers free admission to active duty military and their families.
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  • This is a really nice and charming little museum. Staff was very enthusiastic. Exhibits were somewhat limited, but the historical explanations were very helpful and interesting. Not really for small c...  read more »
  • Fantastic exhibit. Tour guide was very interesting and very knowlegeable. Pictures and exhibits were fantastastic. A must see! 
  • Our guide was stationed on the Nantucket lightship and shared some great stories and observations about his service during our tour. You will learn a lot about the US Lifesaving service and the dramat...  read more »
  • Great staff and excellent museum. Kid friendly and won't disappoint.
  • Nice and quiet spot to visit and learn more about the history of Nantucket. This destination is not packed with tourists and I enjoyed a brief chat with the custodian, when I visited.
  • Stunning property. Rather small museum, but a must see if in Nantucket. The whole staff is the nicest around. This museum is off of a road, or a bike path. Great to make an afternoon out of (Just a beautiful 3 mile bike ride from town)
  • This small museum offers a fascinating history of lifesaving in the Commonwealth and the U.S. The docent who guided us through the museum had been a crewman on a lightship, and generously shared his passion and knowledge.
  • This place is awesome, great info, photos, and videos. Beautiful vistas and grounds. Must see when you're on island.
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