Maria Mitchell looking though her telesope.“Celebrating Maria Mitchell & Her Legacy”
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
Opening April 2018

The NHA and the Maria Mitchell Association are collaborating on an exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Maria Mitchell—Nantucket native, educator, and the first female astronomer in America. Using artifacts from both organizations’ collections, plus loan items from the Nantucket Atheneum and private collections, the exhibition will explore Mitchell’s background, influences, and life on Nantucket; her contributions to science as the first professor of astronomy at Vassar College; the legacy she left through her students; and the continuing relevance of her work today.

Man standing up in his boat.Nantucketers and their Boats
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
Opening Summer 2018

The NHA's major 2018 summer exhibition looks at the ways islanders rely on the water for work, recreation, and connection to the broader world. Featuring stories from both year-round and seasonal residents, the exhibition will display models, fishing gear, racing trophies, summer souvenirs, and even a boat or two.

painted Portrait of Caprain Absalom Boston.Hadwen House
Hadwen House , 96 Main Street
Opening 2018

The Hadwen House exhibits non-whaling themes of Nantucket life. Through "Rights & Race" explore women's suffrage, and the role of women on the island, antislavery efforts, and the remarkable pursuits and accomplishments of African Americans. 

Diving whale.Whale Ecology
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
Opening 2018

Learn about the current state of whale populations around Nantucket Sound. Additionally, a collection of underwater photography by Eric Savetsky showcases stunning images of whales.