Safety & Protocols

We are Focused on Your Well-Being! 

That means keeping the safety of our staff, community, and visitors at the heart of everything we do when we reopen by following the latest guidelines from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and state and local governments.

New benefits to enhance your visit to the
Whaling Museum:

  • Reserve your visit time and purchase your ticket online!
  • Take a NEW self-guided audio tour, available using your own personal device, to replace in-person presentations.

What to expect during your visit to the
Whaling Museum:

Social Distance 

Staff and visitors will maintain a 6-foot distance while inside the Whaling Museum.

Wear Your Mask

Wearing a mask when inside the Whaling Museum is required. Gloves are optional.

Enhanced Cleaning

The NHA will follow rigorous cleaning protocols daily, as recommended by the state and local governments. Touchable surfaces are sanitized every 3 hours.

Wipes and Sanitizer

A hand-sanitizing station will be in the front lobby upon entry, as well as various sanitizing stations throughout the museum.

Air Quality

The NHA has installed enhanced filters in the museum HVAC system to ensure it is running on the highest settings to bring in maximum amount of outside fresh air into the building throughout the day.

Protective Barriers

Clear plexiglass guards have been installed at all registers and check-in desks.

Occupancy Limits 

To ensure proper social distancing, we will monitor capacity throughout the day, based on regulations put in place by state and local governments. Restroom and elevator capacity will also be regulated.

 Staff Health 

Measures include daily self-check procedures, as well as training regarding social
distancing and hygiene protocols.

After visiting the Whaling Museum, visitors should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

What to expect during your visit to the outdoor grounds and gardens of the NHA Historic Properties: 

  • Visitors should always practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from others
    and adhering to all site-specific rules, regulations, and posted signage regarding permitted uses.
  • Face coverings should be worn when in close proximity with others.
  • After visiting the gardens and grounds, visitors should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

For hours and pricing information, please visit here.

Helpful resources from Mass.Gov



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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