News & Stories

Chapel's Chest

A gift to the Museum greatly enhances permanent exhibitions in the Shannon Gallery, while expanding the story of an iconic Nantucket lifesaver and Tuckernuck resident, Erastus Chapel.

Island Beacons

On the 30th National Lighthouse Day and the 230th Anniversary of The Lighthouse Act of 1789, Egan Maritime pauses to celebrate Nantucket's iconic beacons.

2019 Special Exhibition

This summer, Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum brings to life the 1851 voyage of the passenger ship "British Queen," its demise, and how Nantucketers saved the lives of all on board.

A Legacy of Valor

In 2009 the Francis family donated a Congressional Silver Medal awarded for lifesaving to the Museum. Ten years later, we remember this thoughtful gift that shares Nantucket's legacy of valor.

A Mysterious Nantucket Shipwreck

On February 14, 1881, the "Hazard" ran aground on Old Man shoal off Nantucket. No two accounts of the events that took place are alike, adding to the mystery of this notable shipwreck.