Next Monday, July 13, the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) will welcome guests back to the Whaling Museum, and the NHA staff looks forward to welcoming members back for an extended two-day “Members’ Preview” on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12. Doors will open to the public on Monday, July 13. The policy of free admission for the year-round community is extended as a gift through the end of the year.
NHA members are encouraged to reserve a time and visitors are encouraged to purchase timed tickets online at NHA.org. Extended Whaling Museum hours are from 8am to 6pm, Monday–Saturday, closed Sundays. Members and visitors with timed tickets will have preferred entry.
Robust safety protocols to protect the public and make the indoor experience both exceptional and safe have been implemented. To ensure social distancing, capacity will be limited initially to 10% of official capacity. The visitor has the option to walk the entire museum all the way up to the roof deck without touching. The HVAC system has new high capacity filters installed. Sanitation stations are throughout the campus.
Enhancements include a self-guided audio tour available using personal devices, a Yellow “Cobblestone” Road – à la The Wizard of Oz – to guide visitors through the entire museum safely, new exhibitions, as well as a brand new Discovery Center designed for families. The Museum Shop will operate as an online store. Curbside pickup is available.
The NHA Historic Properties will remain closed, but we remind islanders and visitors alike to enjoy the beautiful gardens of Hadwen House and Greater Light, or the open spaces by the Old Mill and Oldest House during daylight hours.
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.