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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.

NLM coordinates:
40.640701, -74.073440
40°38’26.5″N 74°04’24.4″W

The National Lighthouse Museum Educational Resource Center is located in Building 11 of the former U.S. Lighthouse Service General Depot site. We encourage visitors to see the Museum’s progress.

Museum Hours
Summer : Tuesday through Sunday

Winter : Tuesday through Sunday

Always closed on Mondays and all legal holidays

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11 a.m. to 4 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


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 National Lighthouse Museum is located a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry terminal. Upon disembarking from the ferry, museum visitors should follow signs to the Passenger Pick-up area. After exiting the terminal building, follow the National Lighthouse Museum signs that direct visitors to stay on the sidewalk around the pickup and parking areas to the walkway leading to the museum site.

The Staten Island Ferry is always FREE and leaves from Manhattan from South Ferry/ Whitehall to the St. George Terminal on Staten Island. The 20-minute voyage takes passengers across scenic New York harbor passing by the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and offering a breathtaking view of the skyline of lower Manhattan.

For more information visit Staten Island Ferry Schedule

Once the Ferry docks in St. George, exit the lowest deck of the Ferry. Turn left towards the parking lot. Circle back towards the entrance doors. Turn left before the entrance doors and follow tall, blue signs marked “Bay Street Landing.” You’ll walk under two overpasses with a high stone wall to your left and a security fence to your right. 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.

Drive towards the St. George Ferry Terminal Maintenance Building at “5 Bay Street.” As you approach you’ll see a green plywood construction fence, stay to the right. When the fence ends at the intersection for the ferry, you’ll see a blue sign for the Maintenance Building. Drive down the driveway to the right (even if it says “Do No Enter / Authorized Vehicles only”) and make a sharp RIGHT turn at the security booth.


A number of parking options are available to visitors to the National Lighthouse Museum. The Staten Island Ferry terminal muni-metered parking lots are closest to the museum. Visitors can pay by credit card with coins. Private lots to the north of the terminal can be used at a flat fee of $7.00 per day. Please note that overnight parking is not permitted in any of these lots.

Two-hour metered parking is available on Bay Street.

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.

Museum Hours:

Tuesday through Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Always closed on Mondays and holidays

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