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Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

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Hidden Gem - Not to be missed! Great for all ages!

I had visited the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum many years ago and loved it back then, but... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
opinionatedtraveller
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Chicago, Illinois
Historical Baskets

Go back in time and see how the original lightship baskets are made. We were the only people there... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
_davidjhellmuth
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49 Union St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3869
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All reviews works of art on display jose reyes beautiful hand short movie video presentation well worth the visit nice walk gift shop demonstration weave diversion classes history techniques artists town
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

I had visited the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum many years ago and loved it back then, but decided to return again on my most recent visit this fall. I was impressed with how the museum has evolved - it has an excellent collection and we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

Go back in time and see how the original lightship baskets are made. We were the only people there and the guide spent a lot of her time showing us around

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank _davidjhellmuth
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Though small, the treasures in this museum are vast. The history of this treasured and storied basket style is well told by those who volunteer at the museum. That combined with a fascinating collection of baskets will just really impress you. The time and effort...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rmc1971
Reviewed October 13, 2018

I am a basket maker so found this a very interesting way to spend 30-minutes to an hour. A very small museum with a short film on the history of lightship baskets. Museum staff very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BuddyCh
Reviewed September 24, 2018

I had never seen or heard of this type of basket being from the Midwest. A nice walk out of town to find this hidden gem. Had a great time learning the history of the basket making business through the video or tour docents that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank monnie377
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

This small museum is a gem and worth the short walk from town. We ended our visit to Nantucket here and enjoyed learning about the history of basket making on the lightships and the artists who continue to create these beautiful pieces. The displayed baskets...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Margaret D
Reviewed August 4, 2018

While this museum is not very large, there is comparably a lot to see. With a video presentation on the history of the the lightship basket, a reproduced workshop of one of the master craftsmen, and displays from start to finish, it is a well-rounded...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Allison B
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

All these years admiring the iconic basket purses, I had no idea of the amazing history. An impoverished Filipino very cleverly came up with the idea of putting lids on the Lighthouse baskets, thereby creating what has surely become the most famous purse. Highly conveted,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank davidsonh2016
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Wonderful. Friendly and warm staff. These women love the baskets and are proud to be apart of the lure. Good informative movie to begin, examples of Jose Reyes purses and others. So enjoyed the museum. A definite must if you at all interested in this...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank b4yougo
Reviewed July 5, 2018

The visit here was more that I expected. The Nantucket Lightship Baskets are a very important part of the Nantucket history of Whaling. They are an icon of the island. The museum gives you the history of the past until the present. It makes you...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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