Nantucket Atheneum

sights / Historic

Lonely Planet review

More than just the public library,this stately Greek Revival edifice is a sight in itself. Just inside the front door you'll find a top-notch scrimshaw display from Nantucket's whaling days. The 2nd-floor Great Hall has hosted such notables as Ralph Waldo Emerson and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Nationally known opinion-makers still speak here today; ask about the summer lecture series .