Adult Programs

Interpretive Walks

Early-bird Bird Walk Register

Join the MMA’s Field Ornithologist, Ginger Andrews, on a boutique birding experience. Birds are an important part of Nantucket’s ecosystem and the island is known as an excellent birding spot. After a brief visit to the Museum’s ornithology collection, you will head out to some of the best birding areas on the island and around town. Tuesday trips will visit birding areas around Nantucket and have very limited space (transportation provided). Friday trips involve a stroll through town to find shore birds and backyard birds. Data will be collected during these trips for long term research.

A limited number of excellent binoculars are available for loan.

Pre-registration required.

If the Tuesday program is fully booked and you have a vehicle please call the office 508-228-9198 and we may be able to accommodate you.

Tuesday Trips: Program Information Page– Directions, what to bring, what to expect

Friday Trips: Program Information Page– Directions, what to bring, what to expect

Field Expedition:
June 6- October 17
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

In Town:
June 2 - September 8
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Field Expedition
Members: $30
Non-Members: $45

In Town:
Members: $10
Non-Members: $25

Pre-registration required. Please call 508-228-9198 to register or register online.

Summer Owl Prowls Register

Join the MMA’s Field Ornithologist, Ginger Andrews, on an exciting night-birding experience – the Owl Prowl. After visiting our demonstration Barn Owl nest box, you will visit sites known for owls, play recordings of their calls and wait for a response or sighting. Transportation is provided from 4 Vestal St. This program is meant for adults but children 8 and up are welcome to register with an adult guardian. This program will be cancelled and refunded in the case of rain.


Pre-registration required

Saturday June 10
Monday July 10
Sunday August 6

8:00 - 10:00 PM

Members: $30
Non-members: $45

Maria Mitchell and the Daring Daughters of Nantucket Call to Register

Join the curator of the Mitchell House for a walking tour concerning the lives of Maria Mitchell and Nantucket’s famous and infamous women, as well as the lesser known women of our island. Learn why whaling, Quakerism, and the isolation of an island afforded these women opportunities that women elsewhere in America at the time were not afforded.

Saturday, May 6
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, September 16
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Pre-registration required. Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Four Centuries Domestic Tour No Reservation

A unique collaborative walking tour with the Curator of the Mitchell House, Nantucket Preservation Trust’s Executive Director and the Nantucket Historical Association’s Education Staff that looks at the changes in domestic life over four centuries and how it shaped homes, buildings, neighborhoods, and land use. Participants should meet at the Oldest House on Sunset Hill (tour will end on Main Street).

Saturday, September 9
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


No reservation necessary.
Meet at the Oldest House on Sunset Hill.

Special Workshops

Preserving the Monuments of Our Ancestors: How to Properly Clean Historic Gravestones Call to Register

Join the curator of the Mitchell House and the Prospect Hill Cemetery Association historian for a short talk about stone monuments and their conservation. The class will then move to the Prospect Hill Cemetery where participants will learn how to properly clean stone monuments. Class will be hands on so wear appropriate clothes and bring protective eyewear (sunglasses will suffice). Please Note: This class is to teach others so that they may clean their family’s stone monuments. One must speak with the sextant of a cemetery before doing this. One must not work on stones not belonging to their family unless it is through a special program that has been condoned by the cemetery and other officials.

Limited space, reservations necessary.

Saturday, June 10
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Members: $10
Non-members: $15

Please call 508-228-2896 to register.

Upcycling Whale Workshop for Adults Register

Save our oceans by turning plastic flotsam into whale sculptures as we join forces with the Artist Association of Nantucket (AAN) and ACK Clean to bring this workshop for children and adults. Artist Cindy Pease Roe has been working tirelessly to spread the word concerning the invasion of plastics and other debris into our ocean habitats. Pease Roe has garnered the interest of school-aged children, art lovers, and activists alike by collecting plastic flotsam she finds along the shoreline and transforming it into though-provoking and visually stimulating sculptures.

June 28 and July 6 – Adults Only at the AAN, 24 Amelia Drive

If you are a member of the AAN please enter the following discount code to receive the member price. AANMember

Wednesday, June 28
Thursday, July 6

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Members: $80
Non-members: $95

Check the calendar for upcoming programming.