19 Nov 2019

Weaving the History of Nantucket – The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

Who They Are

The Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum works to promote awareness of the history of basket making on the island of Nantucket. They operate a museum on Union Street from May through October with rotating exhibits that showcase the different aspects of the basket making process, the history of the lightship basket and the art form that these baskets have become.

What They Do

The museum welcomes around 2,000 guests per season. The guests can enjoy the different exhibits at the museum, as well as participate in weaving programs for both children and adults to keep the art of basket making alive and well on the island. They offer year round programs for both children and adults, summer camps in the summer and more. The museum is working on building their permanent collection of lightship baskets that preserve the art and history of this process.


Visitors are always welcome to stop by the museum in season to learn more about this great art form. The museum offers other programs and events as well as just the daily exhibits at the museum. They offer different weaving programs, more information can be found here. They also have a big yearly fundraiser in the form of their annual yard sale. The annual yard sale is a great event where you can find great deals on all sorts of household items, all to benefit the museum. This year’s yard sale is happening this weekend, Saturday & Sunday at Bartlett’s Farm. Check out the details here.


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