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Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket have a wonderful variety of fine museums & galleries.


Nantucket Whaling Museum

13 Broad Street Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-1894

The museum features a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, a restored 1847 spermaceti candle factory, exhibition space, and an observation deck. The candle factory, built following Nantucket’s Great Fire in 1846, still has its original whale-oil beam press. Visitors can learn about the whale hunt and see the whale skeleton, a rigged whaleboat, a collection of whaling tools, and portraits of whaling captains. Other galleries include scrimshaw, lightship baskets, an 1850 Fresnel lens, and the 1881 town clock. Children’s activities allow lots of hands-on exploration and fun. Concerts of traditional music take place all summer. Hours: April 30–October 8, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; October 9–December 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission: Adult, $17; seniors (over age 64), $15; students, $15; youth (age 6-17), $8. Information: www.nha.org/sites/index.html

Museum of African American History, Nantucket campus

29 York Street Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-9833

The Museum of Afro-American History on Nantucket features two historic sites, the African Meeting House and the Florence Higginbotham House. These buildings were at the center of a thriving nineteenth-century African American community on the island. The Museum presents cultural programs and interpretive exhibits on the history of African Americans on Nantucket. Admission: Adults, $5; seniors, 43; children age 13-17, $3; children younger than 12, free. Hours: July to October, Monday to Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 p.m. Other months by appointment Information: www.afroammuseum.org/nantucket_campus.htm

Nantucket Life Saving Museum

Polpis Road Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-1885

This museum is the re-creation of the 1874 life guard station originally at this site.
Hours: Late May to Columbus Day, daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $5; youth age 5-18, $3.
Information: www.nantucketshipwreck.org.

Cottage Museum

1 Trinity Park Oak Bluffs, on Martha's Vineyard, MA, 02557 Phone: 508-693-0525

Thirty-five acres of brightly painted cottage dating back to mid 1800s; tour a gingerbread home; performances at the tabernacle. Visitors to the Cottage Museum can view the interior of a typical Campground cottage, complete with period furnishings of the 1800s. Also on display are vintage photographs and other documents relating to the history of the Campground.
Hours: Summer months, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $2; children age 3-12, 50 cents.
Information: www.mvcma.org/museum.htm

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

59 School Street at Cooke Street Edgartown, MA, 02539 Phone: 508-627-4441

The island's largest museum includes 30,000 items like tools, archaeological material, paintings, prints and sculpture, baskets, coins, costumes, decoys, hunting and fishing and shell fishing tools, guns and swords, furniture and household equipment, medical and scientific tools and equipment, musical instruments, fossils, maritime tools, scrimshaw, ship models, Wampanoag tools, woodworking tools, toys, a whaleboat, wagon, sleigh, fire engine and an 1854 Fresnel Lens used in the Gay Head Aquinnah lighthouse. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed major holidays. Admission: Adults: $6-$7; seniors, $5-$6; children ages 6-15, $4. Information: www.mvmuseum.org/