The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will reopen their Whaling Museum on Broad Street this Tuesday, February 1, with free admission for the year-round community and visitors.
Daily in-person interpretive programming will return to the Whaling Museum this year after a hiatus during the pandemic. Interpretive programming includes The Essex Gam, which retells the tragedy of the whale ship Essex that was stove by a whale in 1820 in the Pacific Ocean, and The Hunt a program that explores what it was like to live aboard a whale ship and hunt for whales during the 19th century. The Perkin Fund generously supports museum interpretive programming.
The NHA’s community-focused evening lecture series, Food for Thought, will also launch on Tuesday, February 1 and will be held bi-weekly through April. The first two lectures in February will be held over Zoom; later lectures will be held in-person, in the Whaling Museum during March and April. Speakers for February include Aidan Feeney of Nantucket’s local Fog Town Farm and Zacil Nash, who will share “Nantucket Love Stories: Why I Came, Why I Stayed.” View the full schedule here.
The museum will be open to the public Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays) from 10 am to 4 pm throughout the winter season. Robust sanitizing measures to make the indoor experience safe will continue.
The NHA’s mission is to preserve and interpret 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.