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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

Hot Topics Facing The Shipping Industry

Join us Sunday, February 24, 2-4 pm, when Profesor Ira Breskin, Senior Lecturer at SUNY Maritime College, will speak to us regarding Hot Button Issues Facing the Shipping Industry. Professor Breskin will discuss topical subjects of prime interest to those impacted by ships: consumers, cruise ship and ferry passengers, environmentalists and those who admire, finance, insure or [...]

4th Annual Lighthouses are for Lovers & Friends Cabaret

It's that time again! Time to gather your friends and significant others and enjoy a great evening of song. This year we're pleased to present the popular Staten Island quartet, The Dreamers. They are Donna D'Angelo, Ralph Santiago, Tom Tyburczy, Carl Roldan and they love to sing! When they got together and sang harmonies [...]

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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