There is plenty to do during your stay at the Brass Lantern Inn. Nantucket is home to a wide variety of cultural, educational, environmental and preservation organizations that offer a multitude of activities & attractions for adults, children, and families to enhance your Nantucket getaway. Learn about the Nantucket Cultural District in downtown Nantucket and stay up-to-date on key Nantucket arts events and activities happening all year.

The Whaling Museum

The main attraction of the Nantucket Historical Association, the Nantucket Whaling Museum, is housed in the 1846 candle factory building, which has been extensively and recently renovated. At the Museum, you will see a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, memorabilia of Nantucket’s seafaring residents, and a myriad of other historical Nantucket artifacts – a wide collection of scrimshaw, photos, diaries and log books.

Several times daily, the Whaling Museum presents, Nantucket, the original short film showcasing Nantucket’s natural beauty and its significant role in history. Ric Burns, Emmy award-winning filmmaker, wrote and produced Nantucket; seeing the film will provide you with a comprehensive and beautiful introduction to Nantucket.  The Museum also offers various presentations each day by Island ‘interpreters’ about Nantucket’s history, whaling journeys and life.

The Whaling Museum is a ‘must-see’ for Nantucket visitors, and, as an added treat, the roof walk offers magnificent views of Nantucket Island and Nantucket Harbor.

The Arts in Nantucket

Nantucket Dreamland TheaterNantucket Film Festival

Held in June of each year, the Nantucket Film Festival‘s mission is “To promote the cultural awareness and appreciation of the art of screenwriting in the world of cinema.” The event was founded in 1996 by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkart, and is now one of the premiere film festival destinations in the world.

The Dreamland

In addition to first run movies, the Dreamland, on South Water Street, also offers simulcast live theatre from London’s National Theatre and opera from the Metropolitan Opera.  Take a break from the beach – or on a non-beach day – and add some culture to your Nantucket holiday!


More to Do & See..

a beach and the ocean