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Art & Museums

Nantucket Arts

Nantucket is home to a thriving arts community that is unique in many ways to arts communities at other resort locations. more >

Nantucket Whaling Museum

The Nantucket's Whaling Museum is perhaps the jewel in the crown of the Island's historic landmarks. more >

Nantucket Life Saving Museum

They were the 911 firefighters of the 19thCentury. Men who put their lives on the line for people they had never met. Men who subscribed to the creed: "You have to go out, but you don't have to come... more >

Maria Mitchell House

The Mitchell House, birthplace of astronomer Maria Mitchell, offers a blend of architectural, historical and cultural interests. more >

The Old Mill

The oldest working wind powered grain mill in the country, The Old Mill was built in 1746 by Nathan Wilbur, a Nantucket seaman, who had seen similar mills operating in Holland. more >

The Coffin School

The Coffin School, built in the Greek Revival style of architecture,was completed in 1854 and renovated in the 1980s. more >

The Hose Cart House

The Fire Hose Cart House, located at 8 Gardner Street, is the last remaining nineteenth century firehouse on island. This structure, dating from 1886, and several like it were built after The Great... more >

The MMA Aquarium

The former railroad station ticket office for the Nantucket Railroad, the Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium is a unique island resource. more >

The Quaker Meetinghouse

In 1701 Mary Coffin Starbuck became interested in the faith of the Quakers after hearing itinerant Quaker preacher John Richardson speak before a crowd of Nantucketers. more >

The Old Gaol

Opened in 1806 and dubbed the "New Gaol," the wooden structure represents colonial architecture with exceptional reinforcements. more >

The Vestal Street and Loines obervatories

Located next door to the Mitchell Home, the Vestal Street Obervatory is still a place of discovery. more >

First Congregational Church Tower

What may be the best view of Nantucket Harbor might only cost you a couple of bucks and a bit of exertion. more >

Nantucket Athenaeum

The Atheneaum began in 1834 as a private institution with 3,200 volumes. The original building and collection was lost in the Great Fire of 1846. more >

Hinchman House

The 19th century Hinchman House is home to the Maria Mitchell Association's Natural Science Museum. It provides an extensive collection of local plants and animals. Visitors can explore exhibits on... more >

Hadwen House

Located at 96 Main Street, The Hadwen House is a Greek Revival mansion built in 1845 by whaling merchant and silver retailer William Hadwen. more >

Nantucket's Oldest House

The Jethro Coffin House was built in 1686 as a wedding present for Coffin and Mary Gardner. It is the only surviving structure from the original English settlement and the oldest residence on the... more >


The Whaling Museum is one of Nantucket's most popular attractions.