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“Hidden Treasure - Great staff, Great Field Trips - Great Experience!”

Maria Mitchell Association
Ranked #32 of 87 things to do in Nantucket
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Owner description: Operating an Aquarium, Natural Science Museum, two Observatories and a Historic House, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is a private non-profit organization located on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Aquarium: Locally-collected specimens are on exhibit. Displays are always changing and include anything from seahorses to octopuses to sharks! Get a “feel” for the local ecosystem at our touch tank, home to crabs, clams, baby horseshoe crabs, and more! Great for kids and adults alike! Natural Science Museum: A cross between a classic natural history museum, a zoo, and a science center, the Maria Mitchell Natural Science Museum is a great place to learn about the plants, animals, and birds of Nantucket. See live turtles and snakes! Loines Observatory: See distant planets, stars, galaxies and more through a telescope! Stargazing nights with our expert astronomers are a unique way to spend an evening enjoying Nantucket's clear and dark skies! Check our website for specific information about Stargazing dates and times. Historic Mitchell House: Take a trip back in time to 1800s Nantucket! Built in 1790, this typical Quaker house was acquired by the Mitchell family in 1818. The home became a museum in 1903 when the Maria Mitchell Association’s founders acquired the house to preserve the legacy of Maria Mitchell herself.
Reviewed 26 June 2013

My daughter is 9 and loves all things beach and animals. The aquarium does not look like much from the outside but the the touch tank kept her busy for hours and they plenty to look at. The best part of the Aquarium is actually the field trips that they offer on an almost daily basis. We did the Beach Discovery Field Trip and the Marine Ecology Field Trip. We were able to see so many sea creatures in their environment - it was great! It also gave us the opportunity to see a couple of different beaches on Nantucket. The staff ( young recent grad school graduates) were fantastic! They were great with the kids and adults. I would recommend this - especially those that love to learn and enjoy the outdoors.
We will definitely return.

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Reviewed 29 August 2012

A most enjoyable experience which I would recommend to both children and adults were a passion for history and astronomy will be started. We took a tour of the Maria Mitchell house after visiting the science museum. It was the best 5 dollars we spent all day. The tour is initially started by ringing the original front door bell where we were greeted by the assistant curator Victoria. This old Quaker house is truly fascinating showing the life and artifacts from the 1800s. Victoria’s enthusiasm for the house brought to life the history of Maria Mitchell and her family. If you have a love of history as I do being a history teacher from England this is a must do when visiting Nantucket.

2  Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

Awesome experience! The 5 girls( ages 5-6) and I were entralled! Surfer dude/ Science geek Ryan presented alot of sea life information while feeding the various fish, squid, shark and crabs. Really cool highlights...watching the squid change colors, feeling the horse shoe crabs mouth, seeing the jelly fish up close and of course the shark!

3  Thank StarfishTeacher
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

The Maria Mitchell Observatory is open for star gazing and lectures. It is very educational for children and adults. The telescope is available, but you can't see too much through it. The lecturer was very good. I recommend it.

2  Thank Bedrock1831
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

The aquarium is very small and there was not much to do for the cost to get in. My two year old was done with it in about two minutes. The touch take was nice but, there were only a few crabs and two large snails. The rest of the place consists of two shacks with some fish tanks in them and one round outside tank that you can look down into. I would suggest skipping!

2  Thank Ali J
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