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Nantucket History

Museums and Historical Sites

Nantucket Island was first discovered in 1602 by English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold. It quickly turned into the whaling capital of the world which helped contributed to the rich history of the island. There are many different historical sites and museums you can visit during your stay that will deepen your knowledge of both local and world history. 



Nantucket Life Saving Museum

158 Polpis Road, (508) 228-1885

The Oldest House - The Jethro Coffin House

Sunset Hill (off of West Chester Street), (508) 228-1894
Nantucket's oldest residence on its original foundation from 1686.

Natural Science Museum

Seven Milk Street, (508) 228-0898
The island's most extensive display of local flora and fauna.  

Maria Mitchell Birthplace - The Mitchell House

One Vestal Street, (508) 228-2896

The Maria Mitchell Science Library

Two Vestal Street, (508) 228-9219
A complete library of science and nature books.

Egan Maritime Institute

Four Winter Street, (508) 228-2505
Art exhibits, films, concerts and guest speakers

The Hawden House

96 Main Street, (508) 228-1894
Nantucket's best known architecture from the whaling times. Guided tours offered. 

Nantucket Whaling Museum

13 Broad Street, (508) 228-1894

Vestal Street Observatory

Three Vestal Street, (508) 228-9273

Loines Observatory

59 Milk Street Extrension, (508) 228-8690

The Old Mill

Corner of Prospect and York Street, (508) 228-1894
Oldest operating windmill in United States, built in 1746.

Maria Mitchell Aquarium

28 Washington Street, (508) 228-5387

African Meeting House

29 York Street, (508) 228-9833

Hinchman House

Seven Milk Street, (508) 228-0898
Natural History Museum

Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

49 Union Street, (508) 228-1177
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