Colorful map of Nantucket by Tony Sarg

Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the WorldPark Avenue Armory, New York CityJanuary 18 – 27, 2019

As the Loan Exhibition for the 2019 Winter Show, Collecting Nantucket, Connecting to the World celebrates 125 years of collecting by the Nantucket Historical Association and presents the best the association has to offer in paintings, craft, and folk arts. More Read more from Collecting Nantucket, Connecting the World

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

Painting "Back of Nichols’ Barn, ’Sconset” by George Inness

Paintings from the Friends of the NHAWhaling Museum, Mezzanine GalleryMay – November 2018

This exhibition presents important paintings collected by the Friends of the NHA over the last three decades.More Read more from Paintings from the Friends of the NHA

Rights and Race Exhibition, Hadwen House, May 26-December 2018.

Rights and RaceHadwen HouseMay – December 2018

This exhibition explores the island’s long history of social justice, civil rights, and racial equality.More Read more from Rights and Race

Sometimes Think of Me

Sometimes Think of MeThe Whitney Gallery, 7 Fair Street July 18 – October 8, 2018

In celebration of the re-release of “Sometimes Think of Me” Notable Nantucket Women Through the Centuries, embroidered narratives by Susan Boardman...More Read more from Sometimes Think of Me

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


JuxtapositionsHadwen House Garden, 96 Main Street June – December 2018

Juxtapositions, a seasonal exhibition of contemporary sculptures, will be on view at the Hadwen House garden beginning June 21. This...More Read more from Juxtapositions

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

1800 House

The Fine Art of Craft1800 House, 4 Mill Street June 14 – August 10, 2018

On June 14, the 1800 House will open The Fine Art of Craft, a special juried exhibition showcasing Nantucket-made decorative arts....More Read more from The Fine Art of Craft

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

Mighty Misty Monster

“The Mighty Misty Monster”Whaling Museum, Mezzanine GalleryApril–November 2015

Artist Susan Boardman’s latest series of embroidered narratives depicting richly animated whaleboats, frothy waves, proud ships, and noble, mighty whales.More Read more from “The Mighty Misty Monster”

LOST ON A REEF Nantucket Whaleship Two Brothers Exhibit

Lost on a ReefWhaling Museum, Mezzanine GalleryApril–December 2012

Material from the wreck of the Nantucket whaleship Two Brothers, the final chapter in former Essex Captain George Pollard Jr.’s ill-fated seafaring career.More Read more from Lost on a Reef

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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