Museum News

OCTOBER 5, 2022

Click here to read The Daily’s article on Princess Ann’s visit to The National Lighthouse Museum

Click here to read The New York Post’s article on Princess Ann’s visit to The National Lighthouse Museum

Click here to read The Staten Island Advance’s article on Princess Ann’s visit to The National Lighthouse Museum

SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

Click here to read The Staten Island Advance’s article on upcoming 2022 Fig Fest.

Click here to read The Staten Island Advance’s article on our 2022 Fig Fest.

AUGUST 7, 2022

Thank you to John Elliott the weatherman on Channel 2 CBS News for this very nice piece about the Museum and celebrating National Lighthouse Day on August 7th. Click here to watch the report. Click here to watch the story.

FEBRUARY 11, 2022


On The Waterfront: Free Friday Night Films…Taking It To The Streets is back for its second year at the National Lighthouse Museum in collaboration with Roc-A-Natural
(Instagram: @rocanatural, Facebook: @rocanaturalpage).
Join us all summer long for fun, food, music, entertainment, a vendor market, and fantastic films.
There will be 8 film nights every Friday, starting July 8th – September 2nd (excluding August 5th). Films TBA.
If you are interested in having a table at one or multiple dates, please register ASAP to be listed on the upcoming official flyer.
$50 for Arts and Crafts Vendors. $100 for Food Vendors. Discounted packages available for all 8 nights, please go to or email for details.

AUGUST 1, 2021

The National Lighthouse Museum will host the 11th Annual Lightkeeper’s Gala, taking place at the recently renovated Historic Pavilion on the Terrace (est. 1835) on Saturday, August 7th, 2021. As the main event of the gala, The National Lighthouse Museum is proud to present the Wind in Our Sails Award in memory of Betsy Dubovsky, Founding Executive Director of the Staten Island Foundation; the Past Light Keeper Award in memory of Ole Anderson, past Light Keeper of the Twin Lights; the Lighthouse Research Award to Thomas Tag for his continual commitment, dedication, and community service to the National Lighthouse Museum and lighthouses nationwide; and the Community Lamplighter Award to Pam Silvestri, Food Editor for the Staten Island Advance, for her support and dedication to the National Lighthouse Museum and her help in founding Fig Fest.

Click below to read the entire press release:

NLM 11th Annual Lightkeeper’s Gala Press Release

APRIL 19, 2021

Our 2021 Tour Boat Schedule is now posted at our Boat Tour page

Upcoming Events


Sunday November 15, 2020
The Captain, The Missionary, and the Bell: The Wreck of the Steamship Atlantic – Lecture & Book Signing with Capt. Eric Larsson of American Cruise Lines
2 hours 2 pm
The Captain: Isaac “Kip” Dustan, a well-respected mariner whose adventures were frequently recounted in the mid-1800s New York newspapers…The Missionary: Rev. Benjamin C.C. Parker of the Young Men’s Church Missionary Society of the City of New York. The Bell from the Atlantic: Contains a history that spans more than one and a half centuries. On Wednesday, November 25, 1846, the steamer Atlantic left Allyn Point headed for New London, Connecticut. Less than an hour later, a steam pipe exploded, disabling the engine and leaving the Atlantic at the mercy of the winds and seas as it dragged anchor across a tempestuous Long Island Sound towards a rocky reef off Fishers Island. This true story follows the events of the twenty-seven hours following the explosion as well as the harrowing stories of many of the passengers that sailed aboard the Atlantic that fateful night. So much of life is about connections, seemingly chance meetings, lives intersecting with others, and encounters that could be luck, fate, coincidence, or faith. The wreck of the steamship Atlantic links the captain of that ill-fated ship to the missionary of the Young Men’s Church Missionary Society of the City of New York and the bell from that ship, creating ripples that are still felt today.
Books available at museum/on amazon for purchase & signing
·In accordance with current NY State Regulations governing the COVID 19 Pandemic,
all guests will be required to wear a mask and Social Distancing will be practiced.




December 1st, 2020

So we can continue to preserve and educate on the maritime heritage of Lighthouses and Lightships for generations to come
Click Here To Make A Donation Now

Friday, December 4th, 2020

Come join us for a “ball” of fun at our Holiday 9 Hole Golf Outing with Santa Claus!
at South Shore Golf Course 200 Huguenot Ave, Staten Island, NY
Tee off at 12:30 & Registration at 11:30

$125 per golfer

Tickets will include a BBQ of hotdogs, hamburgers, chicken, hot chocolate, coffee & beer
All-You-Can-Eat & Drink & Free Handwarmers to all golfers
Raffles, a hole-in-one contest, & 50/50

Please bring an unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots

Click Here To Purchase tickets Now

Sponsership packages available include:
Event Sponsor $500-company/name prominently displayed at the event, includes one (1) foursome & two (2) tee signs
Golf Cart Sponsor $250- company/name prominently displayed on all golf carts
Tee Sign Sponsor $50 company/name prominently displayed on one (1) tee sign
Corporate Foursome $450 Includes four (4) golfers & a tee sign

*Deadline for Sponsorships is November 30th!

*If you would like to be a sponsor for this event please fill out sponsor form along with payment information & mail to National Lighthouse Museum: 200 The Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, NY 10312 OR if you can not make it to the event but would like to make a donation to the museum you can donate here:

Saturday, September 5, 2020

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Click on the above image to read more about our Covid Hours of operation at the museum.

Sunday, August 10, 2020

Sunday, August 10, 2020

Travelin’ a site that explores the history, culture and dining in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island published an article about National Lighthouse Day 2020 and our museum at: Travelin’ a site that explores the history, culture and dining in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island published a nic epeic eon National Lighthouse Day 2020 and our museum. Read more…

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Matthew McDonnell Connor, the Educational Coordinator for the National Lighthouse Museum has submitted the following article regarding the history of quarantine in New York. Click on the link to read this most interesting and timely article. Quarantine In New York

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Forgotten Borough’s Forgotten Industry: The History Of Lighthouses On Staten Island

In our digital age, lighthouses are perhaps known better for providing Instagram content from a New England getaway than for their original function. But behind those picturesque vistas lies a piece of American history that was essential to the founding of the new nation. Today there are 400 active lighthouses in the U.S., and New York City has its own unique history as a center for the luminous navigational beacons. Read more here.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

City to construct statue of late lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker at Ferry landing

STATEN ISLAND — New York City will construct a statue of the late Robbins Reef Lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker at the Staten Island Ferry landing.

The construction, announced by First Lady Chirlane McCray and former Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen on Wednesday, is part of the city’s push to honor women who have helped shape New York City, as well as address the lack of female statues in public places. Read more here.

Monday, December 17, 2018:

Drs. Patricia and Loren Graham have donated their extensive collection of lighthouse prints to the National Lighthouse Museum. Read about it here: Donated Lighthouse Prints

Saturday, June 17, 2017:

Nearly 150 lighthouse enthusiasts joined our Second Annual Sunset Cruise. The changing weather gave us a good opportunity to see, and hear, why lighthouses are so important in foggy weather, not just looking beautiful in good weather. We were able to see the lights in operation, guiding the way around obstructions to safety.
Captain John detoured to give us nice views of the South Street Seaport, and the lightship Ambrose, the Brooklyn Bridge, then a nice sunset as we passed the Statue of Liberty.

Our next big event will be a repeat of the popular Circumnavigation of Staten Island tour, Sunday July 16, leaving from Pier One, outside the National Lighthouse Museum.
Mark your calendar for Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend, August 4th to 6th!

The Museum will be closed Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4th.

Sunday, June 25, 2017:

Perfect early-Summer weather greeted our guests for a new kind of event for your National Lighthouse Museum! Andrew Wilson, historian, sailor and librarian at the New York Public Library, gave a fascinating talk about the history of the America’s Cup, and its connection to Staten Island. Few in the audience knew that Staten Island had so many yacht clubs in the past, and that so many of them sent competitors to races around the world. The New York Yacht Club Regatta, held just off the Stapleton waterfront, and out through The Narrows, was a preliminary race, and even trans-Atlantic races started here. Often these would attract more than 100,000 spectators. He also told us about some Staten Island area lighthouses that no longer exist.
If you want to learn more about the America’s Cup history, read Andrew Wilson’s blog here: Andrew Wilson Blog Part One and Andrew Willson Blog Part Two

That wasn’t all!

Before, during, and after the talk, Chefs Al Curtis and Kathy Contino manned the grill, and we all enjoyed lots of food, outside watching the ships entering and leaving the harbor, or inside during the presentation.

But wait! There’s more!

We were able to watch two of the actual races, by live video feed to our big screen. During the intermission, we were treated to an explanation of how these new vessels differ so much from the yachts that we were accustomed to seeing in the past.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about City of Water Day here: City of Water Day

James Risk will be our next speaker on July 23rd at 3:00 pm and will speak to us about The Introduction of the Fresnel Lens into the USLHE. Risk discusses the history of the Fresnel lens and its arrival on America’s shores mid 19th century. To register click here: Introduction of the Fresnel Lens to US
Mark your calendar for Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend, August 4 to 6! National Lighthouse & Lightship Recognition Weekend