NHA Announces “Study Hall” Community Initiative at the Whaling Museum starting this October

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce a new “Study Hall” program at the Whaling Museum to provide community members with a safe, socially distanced space to read, surf the World Wide Web using the museum’s free WIFI, attend a virtual class, or do school work.

With the weather cooling down this fall, the NHA’s goal is to provide islanders with a safe space outside of their homes to utilize.  “Study Hall” will be free to the year-round community as Whaling Museum admission remains free to year-round residents through the end of the year, thanks to the support of The Community Foundation for Nantucket’s Remain Nantucket Fund and Marine Home Center.

Tables are placed in various locations around the Whaling Museum to be used on a first come, first served basis.  Tables will be limited to 2 people per table, who are a family or friend group. Robust sanitizing measures will continue with each table used and throughout the museum to safeguard the public and make the indoor experience both exceptional and safe for young and old alike.  Out of abundance of caution, the children’s Discovery Center is closed today, please check NHA.org for daily updates.

In addition to “Study Hall”, the NHA also invites the community to enjoy sketching in the Whaling Museum.  Get inspired by the vast collections of artifacts and bring your sketch book or watercolor materials and find a location off the yellow brick road to sit and draw.  Folding chairs will be available at the front desk and the NHA encourages all artists to share their work on social media by tagging @ackhistory and using the hashtag #MuseumSketching.

The NHA also invites the community to enjoy our featured exhibitions, The Road from Abolition to Suffrage on display through the end of the year, as well as An Island Seen: The Artists Association of Nantucket and the Women Who Built It on display for just a few more weeks (closing October 24).  We also encourage all visitors to listen to our new audio tour, now available in Spanish.


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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