Monday, October 8, 2018

The Best Historical Tours and Museums in Nantucket

Nantucket is a community with a rich history, one that can be experienced through its many museums and historical tours. The Cliff Lodge Nantucket Bed and Breakfast puts you right in the middle of some of the most fascinating historical attractions on the Island such as the Jethro Coffin House, the Old Mill, and the Old Gaol. Built in 1771 as a whaling master's home, the Cliff Lodge is only a short walk away from downtown Nantucket and all that it has to offer.

There is no question that our bed and breakfast is a great place for a romantic getaway, but while you're here, why not take the time to better acquaint yourself with this Massachusetts island and its history? There are plenty of historical tours and museums to choose from, but here are some of the best:

whale's tail breaching the water

Nantucket Historical Association Whaling Museum

Whaling is a major part of Nantucket's history, and the famous Whaling Museum located at 13 Broad Street reflects that. The museum was restored in 2005 and features top-quality tours, galleries, and exhibits, including a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton and a restored 1847 oil and candle factory. There is also a fully accessible rooftop observation deck that offers a beautiful view of Nantucket Harbor. The Whaling Museum is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM and is a must-see for anybody interested in Massachusetts history.

beach boardwalk surrounded by flowers

Nantucket Historical Association Walking Tours

The Nantucket Historical Association offers walking tours in the summer and fall every year. The hour-long downtown walking tour begins at the Whaling Museum and goes to the Quaker Meeting House, and the Historic House & Garden Walking Tour starts at the beautiful Hadwen House and allows visitors a glimpse into the lives of those who have lived in Nantucket over the years. Both tours provide an excellent opportunity to experience some of Nantucket's rich history.

life preserver on the side of a ferry

Egan Maritime's Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum

Hundreds of ships sailed passed Nantucket during the 19th Century, all without the benefit of modern navigational technology. While many of these ships navigated the island without any trouble, there were over 700 shipwrecks during that time due to treacherous shoals and severe weather. The Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of those who have risked their lives to save the shipwrecked mariners. This is a great place to visit for anybody interested in the history of what would eventually become the U.S. Coast Guard.

tourist taking a photo in a gallery

Barrett's Tours

For those who would rather experience Nantucket's history from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus, there is always Barrett's Tours. The tour guides will provide you with an excellent view of Nantucket's past and present. If you're only just arriving in Nantucket and want a great introduction to all that it has to offer, this is a fantastic way to start your vacation and decide what else you want to experience on the island.

These are just a few of the many tours and museums that provide a glimpse into Nantucket's past. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or you want to take a historical tour with your family, contact Cliff Lodge today to ask about availability and reservations.