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Rendering courtesy of Triangle Equities

Located on the site of the United States Lighthouse Service’s (USLHS) General Depot, 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, only 6 survive today.

 

Housed in the 1912 foundry, the Museum is 2,400 square feet, and is self-guided. Most visitors spend approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour on site. Exhibits such as Beacons through Time, Optics: Projecting the Light, and Life at the Light: Lighthouse Keepers, along with objects that were made or inspected on the site, illuminate the importance of lighthouses in American maritime history.

 

 

Museum Hours

Tuesday through Sunday (Closed Monday)

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Group tours of over 10 people are encouraged to schedule their tours on Monday when the NLM is closed or before open hours.

 

General Admission

Adults

$5

Seniors (65+) & Military

$4

Students (12+)

$3

Children under 12 & Members

FREE

 

Group Tours (UNDER 10 visitors per group)

This tour includes a private walking tour of the General Depot site and a brief orientation inside the Museum. The Museum is self-guided.

Group tours must be reserved at least two weeks in advance.

$10 per person regardless of age

 

Group Tours (OVER 10 visitors per group)

This tour includes a private walking tour of the General Depot site and a brief orientation inside the Museum.

The Museum is self-guided.

Group tours must be reserved at least two weeks in advance.

Adults

$8

Seniors (65+) & Students (ages 10+)

$7

Chaperones

2 free chaperones for 10 children under 12 years old. 1 free chaperone for 10 children over 12 years old. Additional chaperones will be charged $8

 

Directions

Located on the waterfront of the North Shore on Staten Island, the National Lighthouse Museum is a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, or is accessible by car.

The NLM was recently given a new address, just as mariners used lighthouses, we encourage all visitors to use the navigational aids provided below.

From the Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is always FREE and leaves from Manhattan from South Ferry/ Whitehall to the St. George Terminal on Staten Island. The ride is approximately 25 minutes.

Weekday

The ferry runs every 30 minutes and during rush hour (7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) it runs every 15 minutes.

Weekend

The Ferry runs every 30 minutes.

For more information visit Staten Island Ferry Schedule

Once the Ferry docks in St. George, exit out of the middle deck, turn left and walk towards Z.Z.’s Pizza. Take the stairs down to the parking level, turn right immediately, and follow blue signs for “Bay Street Landing”. You will walk under two overpasses. Once you reach the Ferry Maintenance Building at 1 Bay Street, keep walking straight and follow the red buoys. The walk is approximately 5 minutes from the ferry terminal.

By Car

Do not enter the Museum’s address in a GPS! It will take you to the other side of the island. While we are working on getting this fixed, please read the directions below.

If you are going to use GPS, please enter “5 Bay Street.” If you are going to use Google Maps please enter “Promenade at Lighthouse Point #200.” As you are approaching the Ferry Terminal on Bay Street, you will see a star-studded brick wall. Turn right at the end of the wall. There will be a sign that reads “Ferry Maintenance Facility / 1 Bay Street” with do not enter signs posted. Ignore those signs. Drive down the driveway and take a sharp right before the security booth. Follow the red buoys and free parking is available in front of the Museum.

Map of Walking Path and Car

 

BLUE – Walking Path from ferry terminal

YELLOW – By car

 

 

The Educational Resource Center located in Building 11 is currently open. Visit us Tuesday through Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.

The NLM Educational Resource Center in Building 11 is open to visitors. Guests can view our exhibits and visit the Museum Gift Shop. We are open Tuesday through Sunday 11:am-5:pm. Closed legal holidays.

Also in the About section your can learn about the Museum's history and mission, as well as find out who is on our staff. To find out what we've been up to recently check out the past few issues the NLM Quarterly Newsletter.

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