The Sea Beast (1926)
accompanied by Victoria Ruggiero
with the Nantucket Dreamland Theater & Down to the Sea in Shipsthe Berklee College of Music
Tuesday, August 4
7 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street


Join the NHA, the Dreamland Theater, and Berklee College of Music for an unforgettable evening of film and music. Featuring the acclaimed silent film The Sea Beast, starring John Barrymore, with live musical accompaniment of the original film score.

Moby-Dick Rehearsed
August 10 – 13
7 P.M. (doors open at 6:30 P.M.)
$30/performance only
$75/performance & reception
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Back by popular demand! The NHA and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN) are pleased to present the return of the one-act play Moby-Dick Rehearsed. Written by Orson Welles in 1950, this play within a play is both a celebration of the stage and testimony of the enduring legacy of Herman Melville's masterpiece of American literature.

The final performance of the theatrical run includes a cocktail reception with the cast.

Monday, August 10 $30 per person
Tuesday, August 11 $30 per person
Wednesday, August 12 $30 per person
Thursday, August 13 $75 per person (includes reception)

Bill SchustikBill Schustik in Concert
Monday, August 17
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street


Island favorite Bill Schustik returns in a performance of music and stories reflecting the beauty of folk songs from years past and summer on Nantucket. In his lively, one-man concert, Schustik brings us old favorites, songs of the sea and American folk tunes.

Join the NHA for this rousing evening of music and stories as we celebrate the end of another wonderful summer season on Nantucket!

Author Crocker Snow Jr “Muskeget: Raw, Restless, Relentless Land”with Author Crocker Snow Jr.
Tuesday, August 18
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street


Join the NHA for a truly unique lecture and book signing with Crocker Snow Jr., majority owner of Muskeget island. He will share his reflections on this small and fascinating place that lies at the westernmost point of Nantucket township.




Jennifer MaxwellJennifer Maxwell:
Live Piano Concert

Thursday, August 20
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street


Join the NHA for a night of unforgettable music in the Whaling Museum’s Gosnell Hall. Jennifer Maxwell, Grammy award-nominated pianist and music professor at the University of Rhode Island, will present a program featuring Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and contemporary composer Thomas Adès.



Ben Phillips“Underwater Photography”
with Diver Ben Phillips

Saturday, August 22
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street


Join the NHA for an incredible evening lecture with underwater photographer and Nantucket native Ben Phillips. From Southeast Asia to the Gulf Stream, Phillips’ photographs bring us amazing portraits of the ocean’s rarest and most diminutive dwellers as well as some of its most magnificent creatures!

Audio ArchitechsSummer Sunset Series featuring Audio Architechs
Monday, August 24
7 – 9 P.M.
$20/person (includes light nibbles)
Tuckerís Roofwalk
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Join the NHA for a very special sunset performance by Nantucket's own Audio Architechs DJs as they perform on the Whaling Museum's gorgeous rooftop terrace. Enjoy stunning views of sunset on Nantucket Harbor and an evening of unforgettable music!

Tickets are just $20 per person and include the concert and hors d'oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.

Monday, August 24

Painting in the Greater Light Garden
August 5, 12, 19 & 26
9 A.M. – Noon

Greater Light, 8 Howard Street

Grab the kids and join the NHA for "Painting in the Greater Light Garden," a series of watercolor drop-ins for the whole family at Greater Light, 8 Howard Street. Located on a historic in-town street, the Greater Light garden provides an inspiring setting for watercolor painting. Admission for this drop-in program is only $5, with all supplies included. All ages are welcome!

Greater Light is located in a quiet residential neighborhood with very limited parking and vehicle access. Please plan to walk or bike to this program.

Mrs. Coffinís Garden
with NHA Landscape & Garden Manager Kathrina Marques
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
9 – 10 A.M.

Oldest House, 16 Sunset Hill

Join the NHA Friday mornings in July and August at the Oldest House for an informative, fun and relaxing hour in Mrs. Coffin’s garden. Each week, NHA Landscape & Garden Manager Kathrina Marques will present a fascinating overview of the colonial housewife’s herb garden, followed by a more in-depth look at elements of the garden.

Many topics, from “herbs and herb lore” to “flowers and fragrance” to “drying and storing” will be discussed as the garden progresses through the season. Come once or come often to learn, exchange ideas, and find inspiration for your own garden projects in this beautiful setting.

Friday, August 7 $10 per person
Friday, August 14 $10 per person
Friday, August 21 $10 per person
Friday, August 28 $10 per person

Evenings at the Whaling Museum
August 9, 16 & 30
5 7 P.M.
FREE for NHA members
$5/Youth (617)

Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Join the NHA for an “Evening at the Whaling Museum” every Sunday in July and August. All of the museum’s galleries and special exhibitions will be open from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M., with a 5:30 P.M. screening of Nantucket, the gateway film made exclusively for the NHA by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns. See the Whaling Museum in a whole new light!

Hands-On History
July 1 – August 31
1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
FREE for NHA members or with purchase of museum admission
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

Hands-On History offers children and their companions the opportunity to create crafts inspired by artifacts in the NHA collection. Each craft is designed to encourage participants to visit the Whaling Museum and explore the historical significance of the artifacts and souvenirs that Nantucketers carried home from their journeys aboard whaleships.

Hands-On History is free for NHA members or free with regular museum admission. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The summer 2015 schedule for crafts
Mondays: Whale Mobiles & Whirligigs
Tuesdays: Arrowheads & Coral Necklaces
Wednesdays: Scrimshaw
Thursdays: Tea Cups & Dancing Masks
Fridays: Lighthouses & Signal Flags
Saturdays: Sailors Valentines & U’u War Clubs
Sundays: Whaleboats & Whale Stamps

NHA Member Mornings Summer Series
August 19
810 A.M.

FREE for all current NHA members
R.S.V.P. to Molly McIlvaine at (508) 228-1894, ext. 116
or email

The 2015 NHA “Member Mornings”series features behind-the-scenes tours of iconic NHA sites and offerings. Each morning program will include light refreshments followed by an exclusive tour with an expert NHA guide beginning at 8 A.M.

This series is open to all current NHA members.

Please RSVP at (508) 228-1894 ext. 116 or email .

Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days
Curator Tour
Wednesday, August 19
810 A.M.
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street

The NHA’s Robyn & John Davis Chief Curator Michael Harrison will offer an exclusive tour of the Whaling Museum’s new major exhibition, Stove by a Whale: 20 Men, 3 Boats, 96 Days. The exhibition tells the story of the ill-fated Nantucket whaleship Essex, which was struck by a whale in the Pacific Ocean in 1820 and served as the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.

Check the NHA Calendar for more upcoming programs.