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THE NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM

Located on the former site of the United States Lighthouse Service’s (USLHS) General Depot in St. George, Staten Island, the National Lighthouse Museum educates visitors about the history and technology of the nation’s lighthouses.

The General Depot was the national headquarters, testing ground, and distribution center for all materials and equipment used by light keepers and USLHS personnel from 1864 to 1939. Once a lively and bustling site of 18 buildings, today only 6 remain.

The Museum is located in the 1912 foundry building. It is 2,400 square feet and is self-guidedMuseum exhibits include: Beacons Through Time, Supplying the Nation’s Light Stations: The General DepotOptics: Projecting the LightLife at the Light: Lighthouse Keepers, and much more! 

In addition to our self-guided exhibits, we offer monthly lectures, group tours by appointment, seasonal Lighthouse Boat Tours (May – October), and annual events like our Lighthouse Weekend (August 3 – 4) and Lighthouse Point Fest (September 29).

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM

Quarantine Grounds: The Indigenous Peoples & First European Immigrants

Dr. Robert Marraccino and Dr. Michael Vigorito will continue to educate us about the Quarantine Grounds. They previously spoke to us about the Quarantine which stood on the present site of the National Lighthouse Museum and the burning of the Quarantine by Staten Islanders because of imagined infectious clouds (miasmas) of [...]

Celebrate Mardi Gras with the Cool Jazz of Donna Cumberbatch

We invite you to celebrate Mardi Gras with the National Lighthouse Museum featuring the cool jazz of Donna Cumberbatch. Tickets are $40 person and delectable edibles by Bayou Restaurant. Click here to reserve your seats. Light Moments  

EXPERIENCE ONE OF OUR LIGHTHOUSE BOAT TOURS

Looking to do something out of the ordinary? Take one of our boat tours. We have tours that visit lighthouses that can’t be seen from land, as well as ship graveyards and bird sanctuaries. Check out our current tours today!

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Have any questions? Want to schedule a group tour? Please contact us. You can send us an email through the form on the left or call us at 718-390-0040

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ALL MEMBERS ENJOY:

  • Free admission to the museum
  • 10% discounts in the museum store
  • Subscription to The NLM Quarterly Newsletter and email newsletters
  • Members’ rates for events, programs, lectures & classes
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