Maria Mitchell Association Natural Science Museum
Other Ideas: Old South Meeting House; Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute for the U.S. Senate; Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House - Home of the Alcotts; Peabody Essex Museum (PEM); Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Learn about animals that live on Nantucket from squirrels and bats to beetles and birds! We have lots of hands-on exhibits and games that illustrate important concepts. Whether you’re watching a spider spin a web or touching a whale vertebra, you’ll get a first-hand look at what makes nature on Nantucket so special.
The Natural Science Museum also houses scientific collections from Nantucket dating to the late 1800's.
MMA offers year-round programming for all ages so that visitors and residents alike can experience Nantucket’s unique flora and fauna. Field trips for all ages, lectures, workshops, and special programs are among the activities offered through the Natural Science Museum.
The Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium offers marine science programs for all ages. The MMA also partners with other island organizations to offer unique, fun, and educational programming related to the marine life in Nantucket’s waters. Check the calendar for upcoming programs. All Aquarium programs require pre-registration
Museum Gift Shop
Whether you’re looking for high-quality binoculars, an adorable stuffed turtle, a butterfly net, or a fish identification book, the Museum Shop has many unique items perfect for gifts, mementos, and exploring the outdoors. Members receive a 10% discount.
About Maria Mitchell
The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) was founded in 1902 to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and, above all, educator, Maria Mitchell. After she discovered a comet in 1847, Mitchell’s international fame led to many achievements and awards, including an appointment as the first American Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College.
Many programs are free
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