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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

Museum Store Sunday

Have you had enough of fighting the crowds and rude, harried salespeople on Black Friday? Would you like to experience some friendly customer service while perusing a selection of distinctive gift items? How about complimentary gift wrapping and 10% off your purchase? Would you like a steaming cup of hot [...]

Model Ships Exhibit

The Ship Model Society of New Jersey is dedicated to the pursuit and enjoyment of ship model building in all its forms. Their membership spans all skill levels, from neophyte to highly accomplished and a wide range of interests, from gadget guru to historical recreator. They will exhibit ship models Saturday, November 17th from 11-4 [...]

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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