Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum information

Nantucket Town , USA
Address
Street 49 Union St
Telephone
+1 508 228 1177
More information
www.nantucketlightshipbasketmuseum.org
Prices
adult/child $5/3
Opening hours
10am-4:30pm Tue-Sat
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Lonely Planet review

What the lighthouse is to the New England coast, the lightship was to the sea – essentially a floating lighthouse to warn of dangerous shoals or sandbars below. Sailors would stay aboard the lightships for weeks on end, and to combat boredom they created beautiful, intricate baskets that have become emblems of the island. This small museum highlights these craftspeople.