Focusing on the Old Historic District, the tour is led by an NHA interpreter who will discuss the timeline of Nantucket history—from the glacial formation of the island to the rise of whaling and its Golden Age (1830s), the Quaker religion, the women who owned and operated businesses on Centre Street (Petticoat Row), the island’s involvement in the abolitionist movement, the Great Fire of 1846, and Maria Mitchell and her discovery of a comet in 1847. The tour also addresses the rise and fall of the whaling industry— especially the way in which the island’s economy impacted the social and cultural development of Nantucket—the turn-of-the-century rise of tourism, and concludes with Nantucket’s current status as a world-class tourist destination.
Each tour departs from the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street. Tickets are $10, adults; $4, children (ages 6–17); free for NHA members, and may be purchased at the Whaling Museum admission desk. For more information, please call 508-228-1894, ext. 0
Group Tours and Group Rates
To check availability for your group's dates, please contact us at 508-228-1894, Ext. 0, or send us an email.
Please note that group tours and group walking tours must be booked in advance.
Tour Rates & Options
1. One-time admission to Whaling Museum and Historic Sites for calendar year 2010. Group rates are for 20 or more. Rates: $18 for adults; $16 seniors; $8 for youths (aged 6-17). (Non-group price $20 for adults; $18 seniors; $10 for youth).
2. One-time admission to the Whaling Museum for calendar year 2010. Group rates are for 20 or more. Rates: $14 for adults; $12 seniors; $6 for youths (aged 6-17). (Regular price $17 for adults; $15 seniors; $8 for youth).
3. One time admission on the Walking Tour for calendar year 2010. Group rates are for 20 or more. Rates: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $3 youth (aged 6-17) (regular price $10 for adults; $8 seniors; $4 for youth).
All tickets are nonrefundable, nontransferrable and good only for the calendar year 2009.