Special Exhibits

You’re invited to join us for the opening of A Woman Lights the Lights of Florida – Romagen Personne’s painting exhibit on Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11-4pm.
The exhibit is presented as part of Women’s Recognition Month and is free with your paid admission to the Museum. The exhibit will be in place from March 1st through the 25th.

About the Artist: Romagean Personne’s work has been exhibited at colleges, -universities, museums and in numerous shows across the United States, most notably in Virginia, Washington, Colorado and Florida.  From her roots in Virginia, her studies have taken her from the east to the west coast and eventually to England and Europe.  She did an in-depth study of Henry Moore in Leeds, England and received a grant from the state of Colorado for art research on Old Masters’ methods throughout Europe.  She enjoys teaching and working with students no matter what their level and ability may be.

She was commissioned by Robert P. Warren of Florida to paint the Jupiter Lighthouse.  Upon delivering the work she fell in love with the excitement of climbing, researching their history and painting lighthouses. After a yearlong study and painting all of Florida’s 30 lighthouses she now teaches art in her Colorado studio and continues both commissions, works and subjects of interest to her.

Romagean is a member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., associate member of Oil Painters of America, Lighthouse Gallery and School of Art, Tequesta, FL, Ouray County Arts Association, Ouray, CO, and Montrose Art Association, Montrose, CO. Her work has been shown in the Lighthouse Gallery, Tequesta, FL and presently in the Ago Gallery of Fine Art, Ouray, CO.

PERMANENT EXHIBITION

WALL OF LIGHTS

As visitors enter the doors of the National Lighthouse Museum, the first thing they see is a large lighthouse-shaped structure: the Wall of Lights. More than 180 lighthouse models from 29 states are displayed around the exterior. See a full list here.

LIGHTHOUSE TIMELINE

A detailed, illustrated graphic timeline traces the world history of lighthouses from the Pharos Light in Alexandria, Egypt (280 BCE) to the establishment of the National Lighthouse Museum (2015).

NANTUCKET TO NEW JERSEY: NAVIGATING NEW YORK HARBOR

A large navigation chart marked with the local lighthouses of New York harbor.

NANTUCKET TO NEW JERSEY: NAVIGATING NEW YORK HARBOR

A large navigation chart marked with the local lighthouses of New York harbor.

LIFE AT THE LIGHT

Life-sized images, and personal stories of featured keepers, such as Kate Walker and Charles Vanderhoop, Sr., create up-close and intimate encounters with the people whose character embodied the dedication, perseverance, and resilience of these remarkable individuals in the “lonely life.”

US LIGHTHOUSE SERVICES DEPOT HISTORY

An in-depth interpretation of the history of this site and its vital importance as the national USLHS depot from 1864-1939. This exhibit includes displays of objects that were made or inspected onsite.

PURPOSE OF LIGHTHOUSES: SAFETY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

An introductory panel that highlights the essential purpose of lighthouses: To ensure navigational and life safety, and to aid in economic development, as set out by the Lighthouses Act of 1789.

ILLUMINANTS AND OPTICS

Illuminants shows the range of light sources used as navigational aids throughout history, from candles to electric light. Optics introduces visitors to Augustin Fresnel, interprets his development of the Fresnel lens, and explains how it works. The display of two fifth-order Fresnel lenses gives visitors the opportunity to view these beautiful objects up close.

PURPOSE OF LIGHTHOUSES: SAFETY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

An introductory panel that highlights the essential purpose of lighthouses: To ensure navigational and life safety, and to aid in economic development, as set out by the Lighthouses Act of 1789.

ILLUMINANTS AND OPTICS

Illuminants show the range of light sources used as navigational aids throughout history, from candles to electric light. Optics introduces visitors to Augustin Fresnel, interprets his development of the Fresnel lens, and explains how it works. The display of two fifth-order Fresnel lenses gives visitors the opportunity to view these beautiful objects up close.

FLEXIBLE EXHIBITS

Distributed throughout the space, a series of four double-sided, exhibition panels present a number of Lighthouse-related topics such as:

Daymarks: Lighthouses During the Day

Architecture: Building on the Edge of the World

Equipment: Sound Signals

The Lighthouse Service Afloat: Tenders & Lightships

US Life-Saving Service: Lifelines

USLHS to USCG: Lighthouses Join the Coast Guard

Did You Know? Lighthouse Facts

Popular Culture: Everyone Loves Lighthouse