Mitchell House: Birthplace of Maria Mitchell

4 Vestal St.
Nantucket Island, MA 02554- Map It
(508) 228-2896

AAA Editor Notes

Mitchell House: Birthplace of Maria Mitchell, 4 Vestal St., is a typical Quaker-style Nantucket house, built in 1790, that was the birthplace of America's first woman astronomer. Exhibits depict the life of Mitchell, her discoveries and teachings. Vestal Street Observatory, 3 Vestal St., offers 1-hour tours and features an outdoor scale-model of the solar system, a planar sundial, sunspot observations and a permanent astronomy exhibit. The Maria Mitchell Association also maintains two off-campus sites. The Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium on the harbor and the Loines Observatory, 59 Milk St. Ext., which has two telescopes, a refurbished antique 8-inch Clark telescope and a state-of-the-art 24-inch research telescope. Guided tours are available.
Mitchell House $5; $4 (children). Prices for Vestal Street and Loines observatories vary. A combination ticket with Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium also is available.
Hours: Mitchell House Mon.-Sat. 10-4, mid-June through Labor Day. Limited hours, day after Labor Day to mid-Oct.; phone ahead for schedule. Vestal Street Observatory tours are given Mon.-Sat. at 2, mid-June through Labor Day. Loines Observatory hours vary.