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If you haven't had a chance to visit our new 2014 exhibit "Throw Out the Life Line" you don't want to miss it! We've partnered with +Groupon to offer you a deal on admission: 
Explore famous shipwrecks and rescue attempts, learn about life-saving tools and techniques, and celebrate the bravery of locals
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Looking for a summer activity for the kids? Check out our Summer Sailing camp - openings still available!
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158 Polpis Rd Nantucket, MA 02554
158 Polpis RoadUSMassachusettsNantucket02554
Art Museum, Historical PlaceToday 10AM–5PM
Saturday 10AM–5PMSunday 10AM–5PMMonday 10AM–5PMTuesday 10AM–5PMWednesday 10AM–5PMThursday 10AM–5PMFriday 10AM–5PM

In the 19th Century, hundreds of ships passed by Nantucket Island each day, all navigating without the benefit of modern nautical technology. Unpredictable storms, dense fog and strong currents often caught even the most experienced sailors off guard. Treacherous shoals and inclement weather led to over 700 shipwrecks in the surrounding waters of Nantucket, causing the area to be dubbed “a graveyard of the Atlantic.”

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving 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 SocietyUnited States Life-Saving Service and the United States Coast Guard.

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is located at 158 Polpis Road, just 3.5 miles from Nantucket Town. The museum can easily be reached by car, NRTA Shuttle/Polpis Route or by the Polpis Bike Path. We are open Memorial Day - Columbus Day annually and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission costs are free for members, $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth 5 – 17 and free to children under 5. 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.

Come visit the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum and enjoy guided toursfilms, new exhibits, family-friendly programs,special events and more, designed to appeal to all ages.

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Tracing the history of local shipwrecks & rescues with historic documents & artifacts, plus demos.- Google
"The whole staff is the nicest around."
"...a fascinating history of lifesaving..."
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Bayden Willms
8 months ago
Stunning property. Rather small museum, but a must see if in Nantucket. The whole staff is the nicest around. This museum is off of a road, or a bike path. Great to make an afternoon out of (Just a beautiful 3 mile bike ride from town)
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Kevin Leete
4 years ago
This place is awesome, great info, photos, and videos. Beautiful vistas and grounds. Must see when you're on island.
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Irene S. Levine
3 weeks ago
This small museum offers a fascinating history of lifesaving in the Commonwealth and the U.S. The docent who guided us through the museum had been a crewman on a lightship, and generously shared his passion and knowledge.
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4 years ago