School Programs

The Nantucket Historical Association’s Education Department provides young visitors with meaningful educational experiences that are both fun and developmentally appropriate. History is a collection of stories and experiences that the NHA uses to engage its audiences, young and old. The Education staff utilizes the numerous NHA properties and artifacts to bring history alive through traditional museum and historic site tours, classroom visits, arts & crafts activities, and innovative programming around the island.

Annually, the NHA welcomes schools from across the nation (and down the road) to experience firsthand the Whaling Museum and other historic sites. Initiatives such as Museum in My School, which brings artifacts into the Nantucket Elementary School for display as well as provides direct student interaction, in order to introduce island children to their rich history without leaving the classroom.  Year-round informal learning takes place in the Whaling Museum Discovery Center, where crafting, games, and directed play all lead to extraordinary learning experiences.

NHA Education provides specially tailored programs that fit the needs of educators and youth group leaders. School programs and tours are interactive, experiential, and hands-on. They are also developed in connection with Massachusetts and national curriculum standards.


The NHA strives to provide dynamic, experiential, and standards-based educational programming on a year-round basis.

Reservations are required for school and youth programs and are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a school or youth program or tour, contact our Education Department at (508) 228-1894, ext. 123 or via email at

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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