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Hands on History

Hands on History

Join us this summer for history-themed crafts in the Whaling Museum Discovery Center.
Learn about the history of Nantucket through guided craft activities perfect for ages 5–12.

Rainy day and want to avoid the crowds? Stop in to take a craft kit home with you.

Crafts will be offered once every two weeks:

Week 1
(Offered July 5–9 and 19–23 / August 2–6 and 16–20)

Monday: Make pinwheels and whirligigs, all things that spin.
Tuesday: Make train conductor hats and locomotives, inspired by the Nantucket Railroad.
Wednesday: Make a model of a lighthouse.
Thursday: Make a souvenir Sailors Valentine and shell chimes.
Friday: Make signal flags and semaphore flags and learn how to send a message to a passing vessel!

Week 2
(Offered July 12–16 and 26–30 / August 9–13 and 23–27)

Monday: Make a handwoven coaster with this simple weaving activity.
Tuesday: Make your own piece of scrimshaw using PVC pipe.
Wednesday: Make a button and celebrate the extraordinary women of Nantucket.
Thursday: Make a kite to fly on your next beach adventure.
Friday: Make a colorful, 3D fish or whale.

The event is finished.


Aug 03 2021


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nantucket Whaling Museum


Nantucket Whaling Museum
13 Broad St

Next Occurrence

2021 Annual Events

  • April 23 – 25, Daffodil Festival CANCELED check back for online options
  • May, Wine & Food Festival CANCELED
  • June 17 – 20, Nantucket Preservation Month
  • June 17 – 28, Film Festival
  • June, Book Festival CANCELED
  • July 3 – Independence Day Festivities
  • July 13 – 15, Nantucket Garden Festival
  • July 15 – 17, Comedy Festival
  • July, Nantucket Art and Artisan Show
  • July 19 – 24, Dance Festival
  • August 5 – 7, NHA’s Nantucket by Design
  • August 9-20, Nantucket Beach Fitness Camp
  • August 14, Boston Pops CANCELED
  • August 14 -22, Nantucket Race Week
  • August 22, Opera House CupCANCELED
  • August, Marine Life Release Day
  • October 9, Cranberry Festival CANCELED
  • November, NHA’s Festival of Wreaths
  • December, Christmas Stroll
  • December, NHA’s Festival of Trees