In keeping with protocols occurring citywide including other Museum closures, the National Lighthouse Museum will be temporarily closed. All April and May events have been postponed. We want to assure you that we take the health and well-being of our community very seriously. We are all in this together. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow guidance from public health officials and government agencies. For more information about COVID-19 and what you can do to keep healthy and safe, visit the Centers for Disease Control at or your local health department’s website. We thank you for your continued support of the National Lighthouse Museum. Stay safe and healthy.

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) and Lighthouse Point Fest (September).


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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  • 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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