Nantucket Whaling Museum Fresnel Lens, photographer Caroline Sollman.

Fresnel LensWhaling Museum

The 1849 Sankaty Head Light Fresnel lens that once was a welcoming beacon for mariners up to 24 miles away now greets visitors in the Whaling Museum lobby.More Read more from Fresnel Lens

Nantucket Whaling Museum Timeline, photographer Jeffrey Allen.

The TimelineWhaling Museum, Entry Hall

Step back in time . . . Learn about Wampanaug life, Nantucket’s earliest settlers, the growth of Whaling, to today’s economy of tourism and building.More Read more from The Timeline

In the Fields (Study for the Cranberry Harvest-Island of Nantucket), oil on panel by J. Eastman Johnson.

Views from Town and Country from the NHA CollectionWhitney Gallery, Research Library

View a selection of landscape paintings from the NHA’s permanent collection on display in the Whitney Gallery at the Research Library.More Read more from Views from Town and Country from the NHA Collection

Whale EcologyWhaling Museum, Candle Factory

Follow a timeline tracking the rise and decline of the whaling industry and learn about today's whale protection initiatives. Stunning underwater photography by Eric Savetsky.More Read more from Whale Ecology

Paintings from the Nantucket Art ColonyGreater LightMay 24 – December 2018

In partnership with the Artists Association of Nantucket, the NHA presents selected paintings from the Nantucket art colony artists, 1920 to 1940.More Read more from Paintings from the Nantucket Art Colony

Hadwen & Barney Oil and Candle Factory

Hadwen & Barney Oil and Candle FactoryWhaling Museum

The 1847 spermaceti-candle factory has been carefully restored to reveal significant elements of the original factory.More Read more from Hadwen & Barney Oil and Candle Factory

Whaling Museum Decorative Arts Gallery

Decorative Arts GalleryWhaling Museum

On display are the some of the finest objects of decorative-arts from the NHA's collection.More Read more from Decorative Arts Gallery

Whaling Museum Scrimshaw Gallery

Scrimshaw GalleryWhaling Museum

Representing over a century and a half of collecting are items from one of the most important collections in the world.More Read more from Scrimshaw Gallery

Boat Exhibition NHA

Nantucketers and Their BoatsWhaling Museum, McCausland GalleryJune – December 2018

This major exhibition is an exploration of the ways islanders rely on the water for work, recreation, and connection to the broader world.More Read more from Nantucketers and Their Boats

Maria Mitchell

Celebrating Maria Mitchell and Her LegacyWhaling Museum, Nantucket CornerApril 25 – December 2018

This exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Maria Mitchell—Nantucket native, educator, and the first female astronomer in America. A collaboration of the NHA and the Maria Mitchell Association. More Read more from Celebrating Maria Mitchell and Her Legacy

Out of the Box Exhibition

Out of the Box: Unpacking Nantucket StoriesWhaling Museum, McCausland GalleryMay–December 2017

Over 80 treasured artifacts—most rarely, if ever, displayed before—take center stage to illuminate the stories of Nantucket’s people over four centuries.More Read more from Out of the Box: Unpacking Nantucket Stories

Dear Absent Ones, the Seafaring Pinkhams Exhibit

“Dear Absent Ones”Whaling Museum, Nantucket CornerMarch–December 2017

Nantucket seafaring through the eyes of the Pinkhams, a local family whose sons and daughters went to sea over multiple generations. More Read more from “Dear Absent Ones”

new Arrivals, New Voices Exhibit

New Arrivals, New VoicesWhaling Museum, Nantucket CornerNovember 2014–December 2016

New Voices invites visitors to consider the history of diversity on Nantucket, from the days of the Wampanoags to the days of tourism.More Read more from New Arrivals, New Voices

What a View Stereograph Exhibit

What a View!NHA Research Library, Whitney GalleryMay 2016–February 2017

Highlights from the NHA’s collection of over 700 stereographs, this exhibition explores both traditional and modern viewing techniques of this early 3D technology.More Read more from What a View!

Coffin School

The Coffin SchoolWhaling Museum, Mezzanine GalleryFebruary–November 2016

The NHA invites visitors to come see the striking portrait of the admiral painted by Gilbert Stuart; the journal of Henry Clapp Jr., written aboard the school’s early American training ship, and samples of work from a century and a half of student achievement.More Read more from The Coffin School

Characters and Collections Exhibit

Characters and CollectionsNHA Research Library, Whitney GalleryMay 2015–May 2016

Explore the quirky characters, cabinets of curiosities, and museum collections that showcased the oddities and treasures of the island during the first flowering of tourism on Nantucket.More Read more from Characters and Collections

Stove by a Whale Exhibit

Stove by a WhaleWhaling Museum, McCausland GalleryApril 2015–March 2017

See how the survivors’ tragic tale has been retold time and again in classic sea stories, in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and in the contemporary film In the Heart of the Sea.More Read more from Stove by a Whale

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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