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Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

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Address: 158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
Phone Number: +1 508-228-1885
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In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day,...

In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day, all navigating without the benefit of modern nautical technology. Unpredictable storms, dense fog and strong currents often caught even the most experienced sailors off guard. Treacherous shoals and inclement weather led to over 700 shipwrecks in the surrounding waters of Nantucket, causing the area to be dubbed "a graveyard of the Atlantic."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 located at 158 Polpis Road, just 3.5 miles from Nantucket Town. The museum can easily be reached by car, NRTA Shuttle/Polpis Route or by the Polpis Bike Path. We are open from Thursday, May 23 through Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission costs are free for members, $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth 5 - 17 and free to children under 5. 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.Come visit the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum and enjoy guided tours, films, new exhibits, family-friendly programs, special events and more, designed to appeal to all ages.

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Shipwreck Museum: Eye on the Past

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

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 off Nantucket. Well worth a visit. Questions sought and answered. Unfortunately the Andrea Doria exhibit gone. Museum closes mid Oct. like so many museums on island. Things... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

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 children. Not exciting enough.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Fantastic exhibit. Tour guide was very interesting and very knowlegeable. Pictures and exhibits were fantastastic. A must see!

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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

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 dramatic rescues and shipwrecks surrounding Nantucket.

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Aspen, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

A very well planned out museum that is perfect in quality and content for people of all ages. Multiple forms of media and displays.

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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The Fellow who gave the tour could not have given us any more information . He was fantastic and answered all the questions and never rushed the people through the exhibits. I especially liked the photos and stories of Mr Rogers and Millie

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We rode to this museum on our bikes and took the tour. There were lots of interesting historical items, as well as many visuals and video clips. The only things that could be better are price and tour guide. I hope the cost goes to maintaining the museum because it was 10 dollars. This is a very small place so... More 

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Egan M, General Manager at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this review

Dear Suzanne, Thank you for your review and observations. We are very proud of our museum and I was sorry to learn of your less than terrific tour. Katie is a wonderful docent and most every time we receive nothing but great praise for her tours. However, I realize we all can have an off day and I so appreciate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

No question worth a visit for the history of the island and what Nantucket is all about! Took a cab but maybe The Wave island bus service will take you there...too far to walk from downtown. Great for the rare rainy days or cloudy days and a break from the sun and the beach. Highly recommend.

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