Dramatically situated at the mouth of Boston Harbor, with breathtaking views of Boston Light and the Graves Lighthouse, the museum is located in the restored 19th century Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station, home of Joshua James and his crews, the most celebrated lifesavers in the world.


Nantasket Beach Lecture Series is co-presented monthly by the Hull Lifesaving Museum, the Friends of the Hull Public Library, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation.



Black Flags, Blue Waters:
Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
with author Eric Jay Dolin
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7 pm
Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive
Free, Donations Welcome

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates’ manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.



Junior Model Maker Club (Ages 8-12)
April 17-19, 2018 (Tuesday thru Thursday)
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$120 members; $135 nonmembers

Our Junior Model Makers will build and explore the U.S.S. Constitution!  This COBI model is a beautiful replication of Old Ironsides.  The 800 piece kit includes many original details and when complete measures 22 inches long and almost 14 inches high.  On Tuesday, we will venture into Boston on the ferry to visit the real U.S.S. Constitution and Museum.

Children will bring the COBI set home at the end of the session. Please email Elizabeth Naylor or call 781-925-5433 for more information.

Summer Adventure 2018



 For information, please contact Elizabeth Naylor at 781-925-5433 or email


*If your child is eligible for free or reduced lunch in the Hull Public Schools, they are likely eligible for a scholarship for museum programming. Please contact Elizabeth at


Holidays and Workshops 


Point Allerton US Lifesaving Station Interactive Tours

Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, constructed in 1889, was home to Captain Joshua James and his crew, America's greatest lifesavers, renowned for saving hundreds of shipwrecked mariners from peril in Boston Harbor.

The tour begins with a brief history of organized lifesaving, emphasizing the contributions of volunteer lifesavers, continues on to the Galley where children learn about daily life at the station, then, on to the Boat Room to see the treasure of the museum collection - the storied surfboat Nantasket. Children will have the chance to view first-hand the lifesavers' surfboat and rescue equipment, while hearing true tales of amazing courage and heroic rescues. The fun culminates in the museum's loft where children of all ages enjoy "setting sail" on the climb-on boat, dressing up in period clothes, learning to tie a new knot, and standing watch in the museum cupola, with stunning views of Boston Light, Boston Harbor, and Fort Revere Park.

The Breeches Buoy

The Breeches Buoy rescue allowed lifesaving crews to carry shipwreck survivors safely to shore. A line firing gun sent a lifeline to the wrecked ship. Through this ingenious system lifesaving crews were able to send the breeches buoy to the ship. On shore, the lifesavers worked as a crew to haul the "whip line," pulling the breeches buoy along the hawser, and the survivors, one by one, over the water to safety. Children's groups can participate in breeches buoy reenactments from May through September, with children playing the roles of lifesaving crew and shipwreck survivors.

Children's Guided Tour Fee

Tour: $5/child. Teachers and 1 chaperone per 8 children are admitted free.

Tour with Breeches Buoy drill: $6/child

Please contact Victoria Stevens to inquire about additional hands-on activities for children's tours, including:

Simple Machines at Sea: Learn about simple machines (levers, wheels, pulleys) used in lifesaving, and experiment with our Lego Education Simple Machine Kits.

Why Do Boats Float?: Learn about concepts such as buoyancy, displacement and boat design through fun water activities.


Introduction to the Nautical Rules of the Road
Instructor: Sean Baggett
Wednesdays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
8 Sessions, November 28 through January 23 (No Class December 23)
Cost: $100 members, $120 nonmembers

This course will familiarize both the recreational boater and the professional mariner with the rules, regulations and common practices needed to safely navigate our waterways.  This course takes a practical approach to identifying various types of vessels, determining which vessel has the right of way and the appropriate action each operator is required to take to ensure a safe encounter.  Whether you are new to boating or have been doing it for a lifetime, this course is for you.  We'll demystify the rules and take a practical, fun approach that you'll put to immediate use.  Come join us and we'll see you on board!

Nautical Book Club

Discussion Leader: Sean Baggett
Fridays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm, beginning Friday, November 30
Free to museum members (Not a member? Join! Individual Memberships start at $35/yr.)

The book club will be reading Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro by Rachel Slade.  

Note: Rachel Slade will be our speaker at the Nantasket Beach Lecture Series on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

To Register, please call (781)925-5433 or email




Artist Talk & Demo with Jess Hurley Scott

Jess Hurley Scott is a contemporary painter of land and seascapes. Her dimensional paints of multiple layered, individually painted acrylic panels deal with light, illusion, and perception. Scott plays with the intricacies of the natural world, digital technology, and translucency in her work. The result is bold realism and a unique interpretation of landscape in paint and pane. Her scale ranges from near miniature scale vignettes to dramatic, sweeping landscapes.

The Summer Adventure Program offers six weeks of discovery and exploration for children ages 5-11.  Summer Adventure meets Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30-12:30, with a different theme each week. Each week includes hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and a fun mix of history, science, and arts. A morning snack is provided. Children are encouraged to bring a re-useable water bottle.


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