One of the region’s top museums, this is a must see on Nantucket. The museum building is a former candle factory that was built by the Mitchell family immediately following Nantucket’s Great Fire of 1846. It was operated as a candleworks until the end of whaling in 1860. Included in the museum is an 1847 candle factory and a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton. Besides a comprehensive history of the island of Nantucket and also of whaling, the museum has fine collections of the island arts of Nantucket baskets, scrimshaw and sailor’s valentines.