Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, Nantucket

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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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  • Very informative people sharing how the craft came to be, and how the baskets are made. Inspiring to see what happens as the baskets age. 
    Very informative people sharing how the craft came to be, and how the baskets are made. Inspiring to see what happens as the baskets age.  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • I'm not into weaving baskets or the like yet this place was cool. seeing and understanding how this fine art is done is really cool.
  • Not very big but really interesting. There are some amazing baskets on display as well as live basketmaking. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes for a visit, if you can work it in you should.

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