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 in partnership with the Nantasket Beach Resort.


Sharks in our Backyard with guest speaker Dr. Jeff Kneebone, Ph.D., New England Aquarium

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7 PM
Nantasket Beach
45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

Jeff Kneebone, Ph.D., researches numerous aspects of fish biology, ecology, and physiology. Through his collaboration with fishery management entities and members of the commercial and recreational fishing community, Jeff hopes to foster improved fishery management and sustainability, particularly for imperiled species. Jeff's current research focuses on a wide variety of marine fishes, including sand tiger sharks, common thresher sharks, black sea bass, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and thorny skate.



February 2020

9:30 am - 3:00 pm
$175 members; $200 nonmembers

Our LEGO builders will focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities using LEGOS!  Bring a lunch and your wild imagination!  We'll have a different LEGO challenge each day as well as free-building time and time to explore the museum.

We will provide a snack.  Please pack a water bottle and a lunch for your child.

This program is intended for children ages 8-12.

Please email or call (781)925-5433 for more information and to register.

Summer Adventure 2019



 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 Elizabeth Naylor 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.


Nautical Book Club

A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Founding of America
Discussion Leader: Sean Baggett

Fridays, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hull Lifesaving Museum

Author Peter Firstbrook traces the adventurer's astonishing exploits across three continents, testing Smith's claimed biography against the historical and geographical reality on the ground delivering an enlightening dissection of this mythology-making man and the founding of America.

Free to Museum Members (Not a member? Join! Individual Memberships start at $35/year).

Past Workshops:

Introduction to the Nautical Rules of the Road
Instructor: Sean Baggett
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!

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