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Maria Mitchell Association

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4 Vestal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3849
+1 508-228-9198
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Birding Adventure with an Expert!

We booked a birding adventure through Maria Mitchell and were very fortunate to have Ginger as our... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Debra_TN
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Educational Walk

We learned all about the women of Nantucket and their influence on the island. It was fascinating... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Vacationer2Maine
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Atlanta, Georgia
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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 St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3849
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a birding adventure through Maria Mitchell and were very fortunate to have Ginger as our guide. She was absolutely marvelous: expert and patient and persistent and charming. We logged a wide variety of species during our short time together, including several life birds...More

Thank Debra_TN
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We learned all about the women of Nantucket and their influence on the island. It was fascinating to learn about how women were treated as equals (from necessity) and their accomplishments. The tour is just long enough - with enough stops to really take in...More

Thank Vacationer2Maine
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

We took a walk on an overcast day and went to this little aquatic museum. The docents were well informed and engaging. The museum is small and we were thankful there were not a lot of people visiting at the same time. There are two...More

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Reviewed 31 August 2017

Great place to spend a couple of hours. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. Easy walk from town.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

This was our second time coming to the Maria Mitchell aquarium on Nantucket and it was great. They have a touch tank where 2 of my kids spent at least 45 minutes just playing with the various live spider crabs, clans, muscles and conchs. Also,...More

Thank travelmugsy
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

We toured the Maria Mitchell house and got an excellent sense of family life on the island at the time. House has the actual furniture and furnishings used by the family. The guide taking us through the house was very knowledgeable and friendly. We then...More

Thank maxandfamily
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

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
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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
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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

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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
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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

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hackfam
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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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