Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, Nantucket

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
At Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, learn about the island’s history of basket-weaving, as well as the origins and practicality of the craft. The small museum boasts a permanent, continuously expanding collection of lightship baskets--from those made in the whaling era to some contemporary examples. Look for the tools from the workshop of Jose Formoso Reyes, the famous 20th-century basket-maker. Watch the documentary explaining the making process and the similarities and differences between Native American and New Hampshire farm baskets. The museum keeps the tradition alive by offering weaving courses to guests. Arrange to visit Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum and other attractions in Nantucket using our Nantucket tour itinerary planner.
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  • I enjoyed learning more about the history and seeing the work of various island weavers. I also enjoyed that the Museum is promoting the education of basket making in the Nantucket style to keep the.....  more »
  • The Nantucket basket is such a beautiful work of art. I love the story behind them. This museum tells much about the basket’s history and how they are made  more »
  • Very cool place. Worth the stop.
  • Super interesting history of a Nantucket staple.

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