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.


Lynn DiGiacomo, Cohasset Historical Society
Jerusalem Road: Home of Fair & Famous Bostonians

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 7 pm
Hull Resort Hotel, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull

Free, Donations Welcome

As the 1870s dawned and fortunes were being made in industry, Bostonians with new wealth began to seek an escape from the city's summer heat. They began to build large summer "cottages" along Jerusalem Road. While many of them left Cohasset with hardly a trace (except for the mansions they built), others stayed on to become permanent residents. Some donated money and land that we still enjoy today. Some left with their fortunes intact; others were not so lucky. Their stories are fascinating, each one unique.

General General Richard Neal
What Now, Lieutenant?

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7 pm
Hull Resort Hotel, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull

Free, Donations Welcome

General Richard Neal will discuss his new autobiography, "What Now, Lieutenant?" A native of Hull, Massachusetts, Richard Neal graduated from Northeastern in 1965 with his bachelor's degree in education and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After entry level training, he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines in Vietnam. He subsequently served a second tour in Vietnam as an infantry battalion advisor to the Vietnamese Marines. He earned a master's degree in education from Tulane University and is a graduate of the National War College. General Neal climbed briskly through the Marine Corps ranks during his nearly 35 years in the military. He commanded at every level, battery, battalion, and division, and held significant staff and leadership positions both in the Marine Corps and in Joint Commands. Working under General Norman Schwarzkopf during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War as the Deputy Director of Operations, it was General Neal who briefed the national press on the status of the effort.

During the early 1990s, General Neal was advanced to major general and lieutenant general, and was promoted to four-star general in 1996. He assumed duties as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps that year. General Neal's many personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Silver Star Medal with one gold award star in lieu of a second award; the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Bronze Star Medal with valor device; the Purple Heart; and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He retired from the military in 1998. 

Author Talks at the Hull Lifesaving Museum

By popular demand, we are bringing back the much-loved opportunity to get together at the Museum to talk boats.


Summer Model Maker Club
August 21-25, 2017 (Monday thru Friday)
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
$120 members; $130 nonmembers

Our Summer Model Makers will build and explore the R.M.S. Titanic!  This COBI model is a beautiful replication of the legendary ocean liner.  The 500 piece kit includes many original details and when complete measures 22 inches long and  almost 6 inches high.  This set is suited for play as well as display!

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 Program

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.

*Registration for Pond Yacht Racers is $100 members, $120 nonmembers (due to a higher material cost).  Registration for all other weeks is $90 members, $110 nonmembers (scholarships and 10% discounts for siblings and active military families available).  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

2017 Summer Adventure Registration Packet
Emergency Contact Form

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.



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.


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