More than 2,400 sq ft (731 sq metre) of exhibits
History & technology of the nation’s lighthouses
Chance to witness hundreds of artefacts & materials
7 original buildings survive & still stand today
Brief orientation to the self-guided museum
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Admission to the National Lighthouse Museum
Know Before You Book
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM from April to October and 11 AM to 4 PM from November to March.
What you can expect
Learn about the history of lighthouses in the United States as you explore the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island. Discover the history behind these fascinating structures and the technology used to power them as you tour the museum at your own leisurely pace.
Located on the former site of the US Lighthouse Service’s General Depot, this spot served as the national headquarters, testing ground, and distribution centre for lighthouse keepers from 1864 to 1939. Once made up of 18 buildings, only 7 survive today, which house museum exhibits and artefacts. After a brief orientation, embark on a self-guided walk through the space.
Some of the exhibits include Nantucket to New Jersey: Navigating New York Harbour, which explains how ships sail in and out of the area with the aid of lighthouses, and Optics: Projecting the Light, which details the changes in lighting technology over the years. Discover the long history of lighthouses dating all the way back to 280 BC, and see multiple examples of the varying styles of lighthouse architecture.