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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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Great little out of the way destination on Nantucket

We had visited Nantucket many times but had never visited the Shipwreck museum. This fall we... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2018
Brian M
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Northborough, Massachusetts
Wonderful piece of history a "must visit"

We found our way to the museum only to find another of the cherished "fresnel" lenses outside. Once... read more

Reviewed September 22, 2017
Joseph L
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Gloucester, United States
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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 January 6, 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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Reviewed September 22, 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 September 21, 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

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Reviewed August 29, 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 August 27, 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 August 5, 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 August 24, 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 August 5, 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 July 29, 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 August 4, 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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Reviewed July 28, 2017

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

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

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

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Reviewed July 27, 2017 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

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

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

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