Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

4 Winter Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 4 Winter Street, Nantucket Directions
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Report | 10 months ago
Great place to get some quick history about the island and it's importance to sailing and lifesaving. Good for families, not too big and doesn't take too long. Kids will stay interested. You can then ride your bike or drive over to Surfside Beach and see the actual Life Saving Station highlighted in the museum. It still exists and is now a hostel. Great combo.
Report | 11 months ago
A good take on a cloudy day. Staff is very helpful and have many stories to share
Report | a year ago
Very nice, great docent tour

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Before the invention of modern nautical technology, sudden storms, dense fog, and strong currents provided a challenge for even the most seasoned sailors. These treacherous conditions proved insurmountable for many navigating the waters surrounding Nantucket, dashing vessels against the shoals and sinking more than 700 ships over the centuries. So many wrecks began to fill the floor of the waters around Nantucket Island that the area was referred to as "a graveyard of the Atlantic."

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum honors the bravery of the local islanders?often members of organizations such as the Massachusetts Humane Society, United States Life-Saving Service, and the United States Coast Guard?who placed their own lives in danger by attempting to rescue the crews stranded aboard sinking ships. The museum's permanent collection, which consists of more than 5,000 pieces, gives guests an opportunity to learn more about these individuals' heroic efforts.

In addition to vintage photographs and exhibits recounting famous shipwrecks and the ensuing rescue attempts, the museum also features period artifacts that helped save lives. Additionally, the museum is a great place to take a bike ride or picnic on the beautiful grounds with views of the water.

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