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.

adult programs, LECTURES & walking tours

schorowLecture: Mary Evelyn Sparrow, Speaking of Courage with Victoria Stevens
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Hull Lifesaving Museum, 1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull
$5 Suggested Donation

schorowLecture: Boston Harbor Islands Adventure ~The Great Brewster Journal of 1891 with author, Stephanie Schorow
Thursday, June 15, 2023
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Hull Lifesaving Museum, 1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull
$5 Suggested Donation

In 1891, four intrepid women from Lowell, Massachusetts sailed to a remote island in Boston Harbor for a 17-day escape from New England's prim and proper society. Relive their remarkable journey and journal with author Stephanie Schorow.

This book is the result of intense work by Friends of Boston Harbor Island volunteers, led by Stephanie Schorow author of East of Boston: Notes from the Boston Harbor Islands.


Summer Adventure Program - Summer 2023
July 11 - August 24, 2023
Tuesday - Thursday
9:30 am - 12:30 pm (Morning Program)
9:30 am - 2:30 pm (Extended Day)
Hull Lifesaving Museum

The Summer Adventure Program offers seven weeks of discovery and exploration with a different theme each week for children ages 5-11. Each week includes hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and a fun mix of history, science, and arts. NOTE: Due to the success of last year's program, we are once again offering an optional extended 2 hours to give parents a little longer break and to let the children have some less structured play time. For information, please contact Mike McGurl at 781-925-5433 or email 

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This program is supported in part by a grant from South Shore Playhouse Associates.

Summer Explorers Program - Summer 2023
July 11 - August 24, 2023
Tuesday - Thursday
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Windmill Point Boathouse, 185 Main St., Hull, MA
The museum's Summer Explorer Program is a new, exciting and engaging opportunity for young people ages 12-16 to learn about the natural and cultural history of Boston Harbor while developing maritime skills.

This 7- week program offers a different area of focus each week with all programming originating at our HLM Windmill Point Boathouse including our fleet of open water rowing vessels, the boathouse, the harbor and harbor islands. Areas of focus include: safety on the water, rowing and commanding (coxing) open water rowing craft, operating outboard powered boats, harbor piloting and navigation, marine environment, boat maintenance and boat building, while making connections to each other, to our past and to our future.

For information, please email us or call 781-925-5433.

Summer Explorers 2023 Flyer

Summer Explorers 2023 - Registration Form

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hull Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


Boston LightMaritime History Tour of Hull Village
October 3, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Donation $15.00

Hull is steeped in maritime history from the ships that first plied the waters of Massachusetts Bay to the lifesavers who rescued the mariners when they got into trouble to our famous lighthouses guiding ships to safety and much more. Tour leader, Sean Baggett, HLM Board Member and Hull Village resident is also an accomplished photographer and will look for photo opportunities along the way, so bring a camera.
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Architecture TourArchitecture of Hull Village
October 10, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Donation $15.00

Hull Village is one of the oldest communities on the South Shore and, throughout its settled history, beautiful homes have been designed and built. Many of these stately homes are now off the beaten path as the main roads were built for expediency, by-passing these gems. Our tour leader is Chad Wolfe, HLM Board Member and lifelong Hull resident.
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Ft RevereGeology Walking Tour - How Hull Geology Impacted History, from the early native peoples to present day.
October 24, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Donation: $15.00

The land masses and waterways of Boston Harbor and the Hull peninsula shaped the use of the land from early hunting, fishing and farming to harbor defenses, summer vacation oasis and more. Join Sean Baggett for this fascinating look at Hull, like you may never have looked at it before.
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Walking TourWalking Tour of Hull Village & Fort Revere
November 28, 2020, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Donation: $15.00

Join guide Sean Baggett as he leads a walking tour starting at the museum and proceeding through picturesque Hull Village and historic Fort Revere. Space is limited for this popular tour so secure your reservations early: tickets go on sale September 29, 2020
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Nantasket in BoatroomPoint 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 onto the Galley where children learn about daily life at the station, then, onto the Boat Room to see the treasure of the museum collection - the storied surfboat Nantasket. Learn more.

Breeches Buoy CoastieThe 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. Learn more.

adult workshops & COURSES


comfort birdComfort Birds - Wood Carving Workshop with Mike Davison
Saturday, June 17, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hull Lifesaving Museum
1117 Nantasket Ave., Hull, MA
$45 per person

Retired Air Force Lt. Col Mike Davis will be leading this three-hour workshop as we craft our own "Comfort Birds." Originally conceived as a small wood carving that can fit in the palm of one's hand, these sweet birds are often made as a token of affection and support for a loved one in need. Mike has personally carved hundreds of these birds, many distributed to local veterans, and will share with us the technique for making tour own. Stating that after his many years as a test pilot, he was "looking to pursue something more holistic," Mike found a second career as a full-time wood carver. Beginning with crafting wooden spoons Mike now carves everything from the Town of Foxborough Seal to marine creatures, pipes, and these marvelous wee birds which he states are the most impactful object he has made. You won't want to miss this opportunity to create your own personal comfort bird.        

Online Book Club with Mike McGurl
Alternate Thursday Evenings: 7-8:00 pm
Free to all.

The Boat Who Wouldn't Float by Farley Mowat. Tired of everyday life ashore Farley was determined to find a sturdy boat and roam the salt sea over. What he found instead was the worst boat in the world and she nearly drove him mad.

This book club is intended to be a low-intensity fun activity. If you fall behind in the reading or miss a session, jump back in when you pressure.

To participate, simply send us an email and we will send you an invitation before the first meeting.

military services1st Friday Veterans' Coffee Hour
1st Friday of Each Month
9:00 am
Free to all

Military veterans are invited to the museum the first Friday of every month for an hour of coffee and conversation in the Boat Room. Each session has a special focus and provides attendees with a community calendar of events, free activities and updates on services for Veterans.  For information please call (781) 925-5433 or email

Hull Lifesaving Museum   |   P.O. Box 221, 1117 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA  02045   |   (781) 925-5433


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