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Maria Mitchell Association

4 Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554-2609
+1 508-228-9198
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Three Museums for One Ticket

One ticket ($10) gets you into the three museums of the Maria Mitchell Association. There's the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
QNPoohBear
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Rhode Island
Fabulous local history Assn. devoted to preserving Mitchell family buildings and documents.

We prevailed upon Mitchell home curator Jascin Finger to open the home closed for the season. She... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2016
ClaudiusIV
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Operating an Aquarium, Natural Science Museum, two Observatories and a Historic House, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is a private non-profit organization located on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Aquarium: Locally-collected specimens are on exhibit. Displays are always changing and include anything from seahorses to octopuses to sharks! Get a “feel” for the local ecosystem at our touch tank, home to crabs, clams, baby horseshoe crabs, and more! Great for kids and adults alike! Natural Science Museum: A cross between a classic natural history museum, a zoo, and a science center, the Maria Mitchell Natural Science Museum is a great place to learn about the plants, animals, and birds of Nantucket. See live turtles and snakes! Loines Observatory: See distant planets, stars, galaxies and more through a telescope! Stargazing nights with our expert astronomers are a unique way to spend an evening enjoying Nantucket's clear and dark skies! Check our website for specific information about Stargazing dates and times. Historic Mitchell House: Take a trip back in time to 1800s Nantucket! Built in 1790, this typical Quaker house was acquired by the Mitchell family in 1818. The home became a museum in 1903 when the Maria Mitchell Association’s founders acquired the house to preserve the legacy of Maria Mitchell herself.
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4 Vestal Street, Nantucket, MA 02554-2609
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+1 508-228-9198
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One ticket ($10) gets you into the three museums of the Maria Mitchell Association. There's the natural science museum in the main building. This features animals (mostly dead) found on or near the local beaches. They have dolphin skeletons, butterflies, moths, taxidermy animals, live snakes...More

Thank QNPoohBear
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We prevailed upon Mitchell home curator Jascin Finger to open the home closed for the season. She was willing to do this so I could walk where my great, great grandmother walked two hundred years ago. The Mitchells and she were Quakers and the home...More

Thank ClaudiusIV
Reviewed 15 September 2016

The Mitchell house tour is wonderful, the aquarium has a terrific touch tank, the open nights at the observatory is a must see. Great view of Saturn's rings and the craters on the moon. I learned about the constellations and what a globular cluster was...More

Thank sdresser2016
Reviewed 21 August 2016

I would give this a higher rating, but the camps are $500 a week for a 1/2 day, which is prohibitively expensive for an average family. And yes, average families visit Nantucket. They do a great job on marine walks and other excursions, but it's...More

Thank NWS2012
MMA_Nantucket, Front Office Manager at Maria Mitchell Association, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2016

Hi, thank you for your review! For ages 5-9, our half day camp programs this year were $390 for Members. Membership is a great way to get involved with the organization and offers benefits year-round. Some great benefits are unlimited free admission to all of...More

Reviewed 11 August 2016

Take the time to learn about this beautiful island. Visit all of the Maria Mitchell Associations places! The observatory was outstanding!! Took our breath away! The Student Interns were amazing- at every single place we visited!

Thank John D
Reviewed 5 August 2016

The Maria Mitchell Association has grown in its offerings. They offer 2 Observatories, an Historic House, an Aquarium, a Natural Science Museum, various nature and bird walks, lectures on scientific subjects and on-going scientific studies. It's a great organization we are proud to have joined...More

2  Thank TWDickinson
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Even on a full moon the staff made for an amazing and informative evening! We spotted a star 87 light years away...Saturn, its rings, and Titan... and an amazing close up of the moon and the sea of tranquility on the 47th anniversary of the...More

1  Thank Jim M
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic 2 hour visit to natural science museum, historic Mitchell House and most of all Vestal Street Observatory... Guides..7th grader at museum,local Nantucket boy knew his stuff. Observatory interns, Francesca & Dereck ( future scientists ) knowledgeable and outgoing.. Been visiting Nantucket for years... but...More

2  Thank famjem
Reviewed 25 May 2015

My husband's great aunt Marnie was the first Director of the MMO, so this was a must see. We arranged ahead of time for a quick visit as we were there before it officially opened for the season. The curator could not have been more...More

2  Thank pdhmaine
Reviewed 23 September 2014

I visited the museum on Vestal Street and no the aquarium This was a small natural history museum in Nantucket town focusing on the wildlife and environment of Nantucket. There are a few displays showing the remains of various creatures, specially made posters a few...More

Thank Emily C
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hackfam
Is this museum open year-round? If not, on what date does it close for the season?
26 September 2016|
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Response from MMA_Nantucket | Property representative |
Hi! The museums are not open year-round. We closed on the last week of August. All of our museums are run by our fabulous college interns who have to head back to school around then. If you have any questions though... More
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