What to Do
The MMA Aquarium
The former railroad station ticket office for the Nantucket Railroad, the Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium is a unique island resource.
Visitors learn about Nantucket's marine ecology through first-hand experience with many of the organisms that inhabit the island's coastal areas.
The recently expanded Aquarium complex contains 20 salt water tanks in three buildings, an orientation area for dry exhibits and small-group instruction, and two large "touch tanks" for curious hands.
The Aquarium also sponsors Marine Ecology Field Trips. Trip participants visit beaches and salt marshes using nets to identify various marine organisms.
Some of the animals collected will be taken to the Aquarium for display before being released back into their original habitats.
For those who wish to explore on their own, A Field Guide to the Marine Life of Nantucket by former Aquarium Directors Jennifer Andrew and Inga Fredland provides an illustrated, comprehensive listing of the island's marine flora and fauna. It is available at the aquarium gift shop.
Need to know
Address: 28 Washington Street
Organization: Maria Mitchell Association
10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tues - Sat
Ticket includes admisstion to all Maria Mitchell Association museums and aquarium.