Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Guiding Lights: Nantucket’s Lighthouses, Keepers and Their Families - at the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum features permanent and changing exhibitions that will fascinate both children and adults. Highlights of the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum’s collection of over 5,000 objects include period surfboats, beach carts, Fresnel lenses from Brant Point and Great Point lights, vintage photographs, and more.

The exhibitions are devoted to the history of Nantucket lifesaving, famous shipwrecks and rescues around the island, life-saving equipment, daily routine at life-saving stations, and the United States Coast Guard today.

New for 2012  in the Monaghan Gallery, May 24 – October 8, 2012:  

Guiding Lights: Nantucket’s Lighthouses, Keepers and Their Families  


For centuries, Nantucket’s lighthouses – Brant Point, Great Point and Sankaty Head – housed keepers and families and were the first true guiding lights for all mariners traversing the treacherous shoals surrounding Nantucket.  At that time, when navigational tools were scarce or rudimentary, the welcome sight of these beacons of light was quite often, and most assuredly, all that captains of the sea had to rely on in order to sail their vessels to safety.

This season, you'll want to visit the museum to learn about these historic monuments and their past keepers and families. The photos and stories in this exhibit pay tribute to the strength and greatness of these remarkable lighthouses and the men, women, and children who lived and worked at them.

Come visit the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, and enjoy new exhibits, family-friendly programs and more designed to appeal to all ages. Click here for the museum's website.