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Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
+1 508-228-1885
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Pirates and Mermaids on the Tall Ship Linx

Took my two grandsons, 4 and 6 1/2, on the Linx in Nantucket used by Egan Maritime Institute for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lynne S
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Ghost stories on the Lynx

After visiting the island for almost 40 years, I was looking for a new activity that my 11 year old... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura L
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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 Society, United 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 from Thursday, May 23 through Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, 2013 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 tours, films, new exhibits, family-friendly programs, special events and more, designed to appeal to all ages.
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158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my two grandsons, 4 and 6 1/2, on the Linx in Nantucket used by Egan Maritime Institute for the inaugural Pirates and Mermaid sail led by the talented Orion Couling and his wife. He sang, told tales of the sea, had them search for...More

Thank Lynne S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting the island for almost 40 years, I was looking for a new activity that my 11 year old would enjoy as much as we would. What a great find - the Ghost ship program was great. Beautiful views of the harbour, fun ambiance...More

Thank Laura L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure if it was the cold night air as the sun set majestically, or the chilling tales of ghost ships that did it. But I had the tingles more than once. We had the best time aboard the Linx listening to ghost stories...More

Thank Caffeinate
Egan M, Director of Sales at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Caffeinate for your review of our weekly Ghost Ship on the Mooring program! We are so glad you joined us for the immersive experience and hope there are many more to come.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ghost tours are fairly easy to come by in most cities in America - but absolutely none of them can compare to being thrilled by a master storyteller aboard a real working tall ship, surrounded by dark waters and starry skies! Two weeks ago I...More

Thank Becky D
Egan M, Director of Sales at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Becky for your review of our weekly Ghost Ship on the Mooring program! We here at Egan Maritime Institute are dedicated to the education of the island's rich history and are so thankful we are able to share it in such a unique...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have been on almost every walking tour on the island over the past three years. We were excited to do both the Shipwrecked! Tour and the Walking The Plank Tour, as they were new and explored different topics (pirates, shipwrecks, privateers,...More

Thank snjevans
Egan M, Director of Sales at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of our walking tours! We are happy to have shared the rich history of Nantucket with you as it is what we have dedicated ourselves to and to do it in a way that makes it fun is even better....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was led by a talented, costumed, docent. The walking tour took 1.5 hours. It was engaging and kept a diverse crowd of adults and children entertained. I will certainly take the other tours offered by Egan Maritime.

Thank Pauline P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Could not find this attraction list separately but since it is sponsored by the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, it ought it would only be appropriate to review it here. This is a hidden gem for Nantucket and kids and family. You get to take...More

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Egan M, Director of Sales at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Todd for your review of our weekly Ghost Ship on the Mooring program! One of our goals at Egan Maritime Institute is to not only educate and inspire, but to reach and inform people all ages about the maritime history of Nantucket. So...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This quaint little museum is packed with artifacts and stories about the history of shipwrecks and lifesaving efforts around Nantucket. We went on a guided tour with Chuck, and thoroughly enjoyed hearing him tell the stories behind the relics. It was a very enjoyable way...More

Thank Christina K
Egan M, Director of Sales at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Christina for your review of our museum! We are so happy to hear about your experience and hope you join us again. Thank you for recommending us!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I just spent a full week on Nantucket. We hit many historic sites and museums. We almost missed visiting the Shipwreck museum, but discovered it our last day We are so glad we did. It was just as wonderful as the Whaling...More

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Egan M, Director of Sales at Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of the museum! It is always a pleasure to see the takeaways that people have from our exhibits and we are thrilled that you had such a great experience with us. At Egan Maritime one of our goals is to...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This was a great little museum, but I wish the bus came more frequently. If you're taking the bus, you'll have either 40 minutes, which was not enough, or two hours, which is too much. That said, the museum is interesting and the people working...More

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Ben H
22 October 2016|
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Response from Egan M | Property representative |
Hi Ben, Yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible.
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