Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, Nantucket

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Egan Maritime Institute's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum features permanent and changing exhibitions that will fascinate both adults and children. Highlights in the collection of over 5000 artifacts include period surfboats, beach carts, Fresnel lenses from Brant Point and Great Point Lighthouses, vintage photographs and short films about famous wrecks and rescues.

The 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 proud to be part of the Blue Star Museum program that offers free admission to active duty military and their families.
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  • After arriving on the Hyannis Ferry, we walked to the Visitor’s Center and discovered the free shuttle should start in July. So we walked 2 blocks to the Main Street taxi stand for a $17 ride to this....  more »
  • Don't bypass this spot. Not only is it photo worthy, but it's really interesting. Not a huge museum, but well worth the minutes it takes to go through it. The outside is a perfect place for a rest...  more »
  • Really liked this place but a lot smaller than I anticipated.
  • Great little museum with videos, knowledgeable staff, great views.

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