New Fine Arts Gallery Opens at Nantucket Whaling Museum

Courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association.

NANTUCKET – The Nantucket Historical Association is returning a portion of its Whaling Museum to gallery space dedicated to the fine arts.

The Foulger building’s first floor will serve as the additional gallery space to showcase the NHA collections.

The space had previously been used for administrative purposes and will now provide residents and visitors new opportunities to engage with Nantucket’s artistic past.

As part of the Fine Arts Initiative, the NHA has mounted an exhibit from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection, on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in the Whaling Museum’s McCausland Gallery.

“Modern American Reaslism” is a significant piece of Nantucket history assembled by the late Nantucket resident Sara Roby and first exhibited by the NHA at the Fair Street Museum in 1984.

A retrospective of “Two Hundred Years of American Art on Nantucket: Pairings from the NHA and Private Collections” opened in the Williams Forsyth Gallery on June 15.

For more information about the exhibits, visit

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