The Road from Abolition to SuffrageWhaling Museum, Williams Forsyth Gallery Open through 2021

This is a story of inspiring individuals who moved Nantucket—and the nation—towards a more just and equitable distribution of political power. More Read more from The Road from Abolition to Suffrage

Anne Ramsdell Congdon’s Nantucket RenaissanceWhaling Museum, McCausland Gallery Opening May 2021

Featuring approximately forty paintings from the NHA and private collections on island, many of the latter have been rarely if ever seen by the public.More Read more from Anne Ramsdell Congdon’s Nantucket Renaissance

The Battle of Nantucket – War of 1812Whaling Musuem Opening May 2021

In partnership with the Egan Maritime Institute and Lynx Educational Foundation, an exhibit on the War of 1812 will explore...More Read more from The Battle of Nantucket – War of 1812

Weaving Nantucket’s Past Into Its FutureHadwen HouseOpening May 2021

Celebrating 20 years of the Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum (NLBM), explore over 100 Nantucket lightship baskets from the NLBM collection,...More Read more from Weaving Nantucket’s Past Into Its Future

Discovery CenterWhaling Musuem

This interactive play space is a major attraction for families. Children spark their imaginations as they play on the Waterfront...More Read more from Discovery Center

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

Gosnell HallWhaling Museum, Gosnell Hall

Look sharp, all of ye! There are whales here-abouts!More Read more from Gosnell Hall

Watercolor "Moby Dick and Ahab " by Claus Hoie

Moby-Dick and NantucketWhaling Musuem

Discover the story of Moby-Dick here at the Whaling Museum. From stories of Melville’s visit to Nantucket in 1852 to...More Read more from Moby-Dick and Nantucket

Hadwen & Barney Oil and Candle FactoryWhaling Museum, Candle Factory

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

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

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

Whale EcologyWhaling Museum, Candle Factory

Explore a newly installed whale ecology interactive exhibit in the Whaling Museum Candle Factory and enjoy stunning underwater photography by Eric Savetsky throughout the museum.More Read more from Whale Ecology

Neptune’s GrottoWhaling Musuem

A tusked walrus skull from the frozen North resembles a fossil of the legendary cyclops.  A massive whale's jaw, impossibly contorted, proves its owner's ability to survive and feed.More Read more from Neptune’s Grotto

RoofwalkWhaling Museum

Offering unparalleled panoramic views of Nantucket harbor and the landmark historic district.  Enjoy the beutiful views of today, while looking...More Read more from Roofwalk

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

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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