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SOURCE Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum
Interactive and Educational Exhibit on Maritime Lifesaving Practices Now Open in Nantucket
NANTUCKET, Mass., May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is now open with a new exhibit, "Throw Out the Lifeline: Maritime Lifesaving Practices Procedures and Pastimes". The interactive exhibit will feature maritime lifesaving skills and techniques from the past and the evolution into today's maritime practices.
The exhibit will delight adults and children, featuring a colorful mural by local artist David Lazarus as well as indoor and outdoor interactive activities. The museum's expansive lawn will host a breeches buoy for exploring and a replica surfboat with rowing tension to give children a realistic example of what rowing a boat feels like.
The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, an affiliate of the Egan Maritime Institute, shares the fascinating stories of yesterday's maritime heroes through permanent and changing interpretive exhibits and special events. The Museum houses a collection of over 5,000 objects, including surfboats, beach carts, vintage photographs and more; a taping of Mr. Rogers and "Madaket Millie"; an interactive shipwreck map; and a whimsical Newfoundland dog chair created by 'Sconset' artist, Clara Urbahn.
ABOUT THE NANTUCKET SHIPWRECK & LIFESAVING MUSEUM
Open from Saturday, May 24 through Columbus Day, Monday, October 13, 2014, the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum is located at 158 Polpis Road, just 3.5 miles from Nantucket Town. Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission: $6 adults, $4 youth ages 5 – 17, free for children under 5. For more information, including a full calendar of special events, children's programs and Family Days please call (508) 228-1885, or visit www.eganmaritime.org.
ABOUT EGAN MARITIME INSTITUTE
The Egan Maritime Institute is the island's only non-profit organization devoted exclusively to celebrating Nantucket's seafaring heritage. The Egan Maritime Institute fulfills its mission through its Nantucket based affiliates including the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, Mill Hill Press, and ACKweather.com, an online Nantucket weather service providing timely, detailed information on fog, wind, surf, sea and storm conditions to residents and visitors. Egan Maritime Institute recently launched Sea of Opportunities (SOO), an educational program for Nantucket middle and high school students that expands their understanding and appreciation of the island's extensive maritime history, while introducing them to the maritime world of today.
Lori Moretti or Jillian Watts
(617) 536 - 3400
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