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Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
+1 508-228-1885
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Wonderful little Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum

It was a cold rainy day at the Figawi on Nantucket, so a friend and I decided to take in the Egan... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Walter C
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Boston, Massachusetts
Fascinating! Lots of shipwrecks around Nantucket!

We never knew there were so many shipwrecks around Nantucket. Lots to see and learn innthis old... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
NJ Y
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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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.
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“life saving” (14 reviews)
“tall ship” (4 reviews)
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158 Polpis Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554-2320
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a cold rainy day at the Figawi on Nantucket, so a friend and I decided to take in the Egan Maritime Museum -- it was well worth the trip. This place has artifacts of the early lifesaving, as well as diagrams and stories...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We never knew there were so many shipwrecks around Nantucket. Lots to see and learn innthis old lifesaving station converted to a museum. Very inexpensive and super fun!

Thank NJ Y
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Egan M, Marketing Assistant at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your feedback about the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We hope you will come back and visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 6 January 2018

We had visited Nantucket many times but had never visited the Shipwreck museum. This fall we checked it out and what a great little museum. The tour is excellent. You will be walked through the entire museum and they will explain everything to you and...More

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Egan M, Manager at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you, Brian, for your review and visit! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and the wonderful abundance of information available at the museum. We hope you will visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We found our way to the museum only to find another of the cherished "fresnel" lenses outside. Once inside we were greeted by Lisa Lazarus. Our guided tour by Mr. Mack (once a "coastie" himself was fabulous. The museum was spotless and delightful. Because of...More

1  Thank Joseph L
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

Brought our friends to the museum as they have never visited the meusem. We are always amazed as to what we learn everyone we go there. The staff is very knowledgeable and well versed. Once again since we arrived early we were the only ones...More

Thank Alexander B
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

This museum was interesting and offered a lot of insight into some of the shipwrecks around Nantucket Island. Our guide was very sweet and knowledgeable. However, the museum as a whole could have had more on the general history and statistics of Nantucket's shipwrecks. It...More

1  Thank MycroftHolmey
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

I really liked this very small, unique museum due in large part to the guided tour we took. We were the only ones in the museum at the time and a guided tour is included with admission, so we gratefully accepted the opportunity for a...More

1  Thank jmkraemer
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Reviewed 5 August 2017 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

1  Thank Lynne S
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Egan M, Director of Sales at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thank you for your review and for joining Egan Maritime for the first Pirates & Mermaids Extravaganza! We are glad you joined us for the program and hope there are many more to come.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017 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

1  Thank Laura L
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Reviewed 29 July 2017

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

1  Thank Caffeinate
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Egan M, Director of Sales at Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

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.

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