Nantucket Shipwreck & Life Saving Museum, Nantucket
(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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  • Determined to visit this place while its Andrea Doria exhibit was on, we took a taxi from town. Wonderful docent and good, clear exhibits including life-saving tools and techniques used over the years...  more »
  • From Nantucket Bakery we started to drive to the Shipwreck Museum, good place to see and very educational, don't forget to visit this place when you are in the Island. 
  • A nice little museum. Learn about the early settlers of Nantucket and their efforts to rescue in distress ships off the coast. Madaket Millie retrospective was one of best. 
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  • Well worth the money, ticket included other stops in Nantucket. Very interesting, saw half took a lunch break and came back.
  • Great staff and excellent museum. Kid friendly and won't disappoint.
  • 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.
  • 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)