Windswept beaches, sand dunes, blinking lighthouses and a charming pace of life await on this 50-square mile island. The world's former top whaling port is now designated a National Historic District. Leave the car and take the shuttle or bike around. Seaside cottages, old whaling captains' mansions and historic harbors contain quaint inns, boutique stores, chowder shacks and upscale dining delights. Swim, surf or load up the tackle for Nantucket's excellent striper, bluefish and bonito fishing.
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Nantucket's public theater since 1956.
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The Nantucket Atheneum is the public library for Nantucket, Massachusetts. The institution was formed in 1834 as a private, membership organization and became a public library in 1900. The Nantucket Atheneum offers free access to millions of books, films and music as well as over 1,000 programs for all ages year round. Our iconic building, built in 1846, is located in the heart of downtown and features art and artifacts important to the island's maritime history as the center of whaling. The library also provides a free wifi signal, computer access on the second floor and a beautiful, inviting garden.
The Nantucket Athenaeum is a hub of local history and sponsors concerts, lectures, symposiums, classes and children's programming. And most of these are free or reasonably priced. They also team up with the Unitarian Church for events. The building itself is a landmark and you will find authentic antiques and artifacts on display. The atmosphere is welcoming and the staff is very friendly and helpful. I was on the Island for two weeks and attended a Coastal Conference and concert, both free of charge and wonderful. The small garden is a place right in town where you can stop and sit quietly with your sandwich or coffee. Of course it is also a library and those resources are accessible. Bravo to this resource!!!
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White Heron is Nantucket's Professional Repertory Theatre. A not-for-profit theatre company, first formed in New York in 2005, by Lynne Bolton and Earle Gister. Now run by Lynne and Michael Kopko, the Company moved to Nantucket in 2011. We produce classical and contemporary works in a transformational, character-driven way. Our goal is to bring meaningful art to the Nantucket community. You can find us directly behind the Whaling Museum!
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A mouth-watering confectioner offering 30 different kinds of delicious fudge.
I'm not a fan of fudge Aunt Leah's fudge changed that! Scrumptious fudge and the selections are crazy varieties did I mention decadently delicious! The Jamaican Me Crazy is outrageously YUMMO! Milk chocolate salted caramel is awesome, the service is wonderful and so friendly. You must stop by for a sample and bring some home, so good! Worth the ferry ride over just for their fudge! Don't miss out, new fudge fan here well Aunt Leah's fudge that is! Try the Jamaican me crazy! It's that good!
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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.
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Take a ride in one of the air-conditioned coaches of Barrett's Tours. Relax in comfort as you are guided through Nantucket's past. Barrett's guides will show you the island in full, and in comfort.
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The Whaling Museum, operated by the Nantucket Historical Association (founded in 1894), is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Featuring permanent and rotating exhibitions in 9 premium galleries, with over a thousand works of art, artifacts and treasures on display, it tells the Island's facinating stories over 4 centuries. Numerous daily programs by our interpreters, childrens' activities in the Discovery Center and intimate spotlight tours compliment the visit. The museum is home to a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, a massive Fresnel lens, a restored 1847 candle factory and a relaxing, fully-accessible rooftop deck offers stunning views of Nantucket harbor. Maximize your visit by going to our 9 historic homes and sites which are open to the public.
This was our first time at the whaling musem and it did not disappoint. From the whale skeleton when you first walk in to all the artifacts and information on whaling, including watching one of the staff dipping candles, it was a great learning tool and was also fun. The view of the harbor from the top is amazing. We chose to purchase the full pass that gave us access to several historic homes and properties and we are glad we did. We ended up walking to the places, but you can catch a Wave bus if it's too much walking. All the tour guides at the facilities were great and eager to share their knowledge. The other nice thing is that once you purchase the pass, you can use it over the course of days/weeks, so we split it up over 3 days. Highly recommend stopping here to learn about life on Nantucket before it became a tourist attraction.
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The Hadwen House is a Greek Revival mansion built in 1846 by whaling merchant and silver retailer William Hadwen at the peak of Nantucket’s prosperity as the whaling capital of the world. The home is one of the most elaborate examples of Greek revival architecture on the island and the only publicly accessible mansion of its age in the area. Today, this Historic Home features exhibitions on various topics such as Decorative Arts, Suffrage and Slavery, Architecture, and more!
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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.
Compact site celebrates the history of lifesaving on Nantucket and much more about Nantucket's involvement with the sea outside of its whaling history. Dramatic rescues from wrecked sailing vessels, the story of the wreck of the Andria Doria off the coast and much more related to the maritime history of Nantucket. Located beside a salt marsh creek, it is a delightful place to spend some leisurely time. Well-informed docents explain the exhibits. There are also a number of audio-visual presentations which tell.a variety of historical stories. It's a couple of miles out of town on the Polpid Road but can easily be reached by a NRTA bus.
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The Dreamland is Nantucket's year-round film and cultural center, open 364 days a year. In addition to first-run and independent films, we have a concert series, a Page to Stage author series, cabaret evenings, lectures, live theatre for children and families, dance, recitals, classical concerts, and more!
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