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The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization located on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) was founded in 1902 to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and, above all, educator, Maria Mitchell. After she discovered a comet in 1847, Mitchell’s international fame led to many achievements and awards, including an appointment as the first American Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College. Maria Mitchell believed in “learning by doing” and today that philosophy is reflected in MMA’s mission statement, programs, research projects, and other activities.

The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages.

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Feeding Frenzy
  • Join MMA Aquarists and staff on a private tour as they feed the ever-hungry creatures at the Aquarium before it opens to the public. You will learn all about th ...
  • Tuesday Oct 3, 2023
Ravenous Reptiles
  • Join MMA staff on a tour as they feed the hungry animals at the Natural Science Museum! Learn about the unique adaptations of turtles, frogs, snakes, and more ...
  • Tuesday Oct 3, 2023
Ravenous Reptiles
  • Join MMA staff on a tour as they feed the hungry animals at the Natural Science Museum! Learn about the unique adaptations of turtles, frogs, snakes, and more ...
  • Wednesday Oct 4, 2023
Feeding Frenzy
  • Join MMA Aquarists and staff on a private tour as they feed the ever-hungry creatures at the Aquarium before it opens to the public. You will learn all about th ...
  • Wednesday Oct 4, 2023
Open Night: Stargazing at Loines Observatory
Ravenous Reptiles
  • Join MMA staff on a tour as they feed the hungry animals at the Natural Science Museum! Learn about the unique adaptations of turtles, frogs, snakes, and more ...
  • Thursday Oct 5, 2023
Feeding Frenzy
  • Join MMA Aquarists and staff on a private tour as they feed the ever-hungry creatures at the Aquarium before it opens to the public. You will learn all about th ...
  • Thursday Oct 5, 2023
Ravenous Reptiles
  • Join MMA staff on a tour as they feed the hungry animals at the Natural Science Museum! Learn about the unique adaptations of turtles, frogs, snakes, and more ...
  • Friday Oct 6, 2023
Feeding Frenzy
  • Join MMA Aquarists and staff on a private tour as they feed the ever-hungry creatures at the Aquarium before it opens to the public. You will learn all about th ...
  • Friday Oct 6, 2023