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.


Storm of the Century: New England's Great Blizzard of 1978
with Chris Haraden

Rescheduled Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7 pm
Hull Resort Hotel, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull
Free, Donations Welcome

Do you remember the Blizzard of '78? Many local residents were deeply affected as blinding snow and extreme winds destroyed homes filled with lifetimes of precious mementos, tore down power lines, ripped piers into fragments, and tossed granite boulders from seawalls like a child's wooden blocks as it raged for days through the South Shore. Join Chris Haraden, author of Storm of the Century, for a look at this unforgettable storm that wrought both massive destruction and lifelong memories.

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. 

Whaling in Massachusetts
with Gioia L. Dimock

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 7 pm
Hull Lifesaving Museum, 1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull
$5 Suggested Donation

Join Gioia Dimock for a look at Massachusetts' whaling history shown through historic photographs.

In the early 1700s, Massachusetts residents caught whales from the shore before embarking on offshore voyages for several weeks. Later, these trips would extend over many years, bringing home an average of 1,500 barrels of whale oil and thousands of pounds of whalebone in the 1800s. New Bedford and Nantucket were the founding towns for the whaling industry, but little known are the other Massachusetts towns that sent out whalers, built the ships, and outfitted them.


Summer Lego Club

Our Summer Lego Club celebrated the 300th anniversary of Boston Light by building the Lego Creator Lighthouse Point kit. It's a terrific kit that includes a working "light brick," and can also be built as a ferry or summer cottage. Perfect for Hull!

Children brought the Lego set home at the end of the session. Please contact Victoria Stevens or phone 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

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

Jess Hurley Scott
Presented as part of our 20th Annual Sea & Sky Art Show
Saturday, February 25, 2 pm
Free with Museum Admission

Jess Hurley Scott is a contemporary painter of land and seascapes. Her dimensional paintings 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 seascapes.

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