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Nantucket, MA

Visit Fabled Lighthouses And Nantucket Museums For A True Taste Of Island Life

Spend a day exploring our famous lighthouses and gain a new perspective on what it takes to live amid the rugged, raw beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. For centuries, mariners have plied the seas around Nantucket Island, sometimes meeting with watery fates on the ever-shifting sandbars and shoals. The three Nantucket lighthouses were a beacon of safety to sailors for hundreds of years. Today, they provide a picturesque glimpse into history. Speaking of history, there's no better place to learn about Nantucket's diverse past than with a visit to one of many museums where you can learn about Nantucket whaling, shipwrecks, aquatic life and the lives of those who called this island home for the past three hundred years. Expand your horizons with these informative Nantucket attractions.


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Vary by attraction. 

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 Museums and lighthouses are open daily during the summer season.


  • Lifesaver's Recognition Day
  • Shipwreck Stories & Sea Shanties
  • Nantucket Maritime Festival


  • Guided Tours
  • Presentations
  • Exhibits
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Educational Classes
  • Walking Trails


  • What are the must-see sights in Nantucket?

    Without a doubt, no visit to Nantucket is complete without touring the three lighthouses found here. Brant Point Lighthouse is perhaps the most famous (and most photographed) destination on the island. Perched near the entrance to the main channel into the harbour, Brant Point Light welcomes visitors who arrive by boat. It is the second-oldest lighthouse in the United States, built in 1746 and standing sentinel ever since. Head to Siasconset to see the brick-and-granite Sankaty Lighthouse, towering 70 feet from a bluff. Built in 1850, it stood in its original location until 2007, when it was moved 400 feet back to prevent it from toppling over the eroding sea cliff. Finally, at the northernmost point of the island in the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Reserve, you will find the Great Point Lighthouse which boasts the most powerful light in New England.
  • What museums can I visit in Nantucket?

    Satisfy your desire to learn about Nantucket's robust maritime history with a visit to one of the many museums on the island. The Whaling Museum brings you a comprehensive look at Nantucket's history on land and at sea. The Maria Mitchell Association offers a glimpse into the flora and fauna of our island home. The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum honors the more than 700 shipwrecks that occurred in the "graveyard of the Atlantic" - the waters surrounding Nantucket Island. The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum preserves the island's heritage of basket making with an intriguing collection and educational programs and events to keep the tradition alive. 

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