Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, Nantucket

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History Museum · Specialty Museum
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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  • Get ready for a fun and fantastic trip through time. Look for the van outside the visitor center as catch a ride on the complimentary van to the museum and see the prettiest part of Nantucket. Ask.....  more »
  • Wonderful staff walks guest through thrilling seafaring risks, rescues, and experiences. The bravery of those who commit to safe those at risk at sea clearly evident in the exhibits, movies, and...  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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