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Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

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Interesting snapshot of a historical Nantucket craft

This small museum is a gem and worth the short walk from town. We ended our visit to Nantucket here... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Margaret D
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Absolutely Fascinating and Beautiful Pieces of Art!

While this museum is not very large, there is comparably a lot to see. With a video presentation... read more

Reviewed August 4, 2018
Allison B
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49 Union St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3869
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

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

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

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

Thank sterling66
Reviewed June 20, 2018

We enjoyed the museum and they even let us do a bit of basket weaving when we visited. Very friendly staff.

Thank CMBarbie
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

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 wonderful pieces of art and how they came...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed September 28, 2017

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 helpful and can explain details about any of their baskets,...More

Thank Gary J
Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

We went here while waiting for the Ferry. Our whaling museum receipt resulted in a lower ticket price. 1st we watched a brief (13 minutes) movie and then wandered through the place . Our guide was wonderful and tried to teach us as she worked...More

Thank Joseph L
Reviewed 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 recommended for strollers/toddlers. We returned via...More

Thank KMc4528
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