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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  • Learning about sea rescues and the origin of the Coast Guard is fascinating. My teen also enjoyed this small museum. Super easy to take the free shuttle and well worth the side trip. A hidden gem! 
    Learning about sea rescues and the origin of the Coast Guard is fascinating. My teen also enjoyed this small museum. Super easy to take the free shuttle and well worth the side trip. A hidden gem!  more »
  • To begin with you get a free ride from the visitor center to the museum. The driver Leanne was delightful and very informative. The museum was very educational and Tom explained all the... 
    To begin with you get a free ride from the visitor center to the museum. The driver Leanne was delightful and very informative. The museum was very educational and Tom explained all the...  more »
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  • Great people. They give ya 20-30 minute tour (paid for with your entry ticket) and even have a few information sessions at different times of the day for free! After you are free to roam around and look. They even have a video of interested. The tour guide was super informative and we learned a lot even after coming to the island for 30 years. Highly recommend
  • History is amazing as was this museum. It's such a gift for people to see how it all began. This is a must visit!

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