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Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

49 Union St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3869
+1 508-228-1177
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Basket Museum

Having never heard of a Lightship or a Lightship basket, this was informative. Watch a short... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Elizabeth B
via mobile
Nice, informative little museum

We spent about an hour here. There is an informative video about both the history and more... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
Gary J
Eugene, Oregon
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“short movie” (2 reviews)
“gift shop” (2 reviews)
“demonstration” (3 reviews)
49 Union St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3869
+1 508-228-1177
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Reviewed 14 October 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 28 September 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 23 September 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 19 July 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
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

This is a great diversion on a rainy afternoon. The movie was informative and should not be missed. All of the staff are charming and knowledgeable. It's quite small but full of goodies!

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Didn't know before that what is now a highly sought after craft and artwork started as utilitarian baskets made on the lightships to while away the hours. Very good short movie, beautiful exhibits, local artisans working who explain the process. (for your info - A...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

This little museum was a walk-to destination for us. It's in a residential section at a funky intersection. They have great parking if you drive. To be a small place, we had a long visit. The staff are very friendly and love talking about the...More

1  Thank Josh W
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This small museum devoted to explaining how these lightship baskets were and are made. Local basket maker was there to show all steps in the process. Exhibits carefully done.

Thank ClaudiusIV
Reviewed 3 September 2016

A museum which is dedicated to the Nantucket basket. They had a charming 91 year old man actually making a basket when we visited. There is a short 20 minute film. The museum is small. Only $5 admission fee. Doesn't take very long to complete...More

Thank RobertS975
Reviewed 5 July 2016

A small museum with a big passion for lightship baskets! Be sure to take at least a few minutes and visit this quaint spot. Admission is $5/person and well worth it!

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