Lighthouse museum

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A lighthouse museum is a museum specializing in the display of historical objects relating to lighthouses.[1] These museums are either stand alone buildings or are present in lighthouses that are active or inactive. Objects displayed include tools lighthouse keepers used at the time in their everyday lives to maintain the light as well as historic objects such as the Fresnel lens.[2] In addition to navigation, lighthouses in general continue to operate almost as "small maritime museums".[3]

Lighthouse museums[edit]

light units on display in the former keeper's residence

The following is a list of lighthouse museums that are located worldwide. All of these entries are located on lighthouse property which may or may not be privately run, these areas include the lighthouse tower, keepers residence, and other buildings that were built to aid. The entries on this list include reliable sources that must mention a "lighthouse museum" on the given property.

Name State/Region Country OpenedA
Absecon Lighthouse New Jersey United States 2002
Anorisaki Lighthouse Mie Japan 2004
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Scotland United Kingdom N/A
Au Sable Light Michigan United States N/A
Bald Head Light North Carolina United States N/A
Barnegat Lighthouse New Jersey United States N/A
Battery Point Light California United States N/A
Beavertail Lighthouse Rhode Island United States 1993
Bengtskär Lighthouse Kimitoön Finland 1995[4]
Block Island North Light Rhode Island United States 1993
Block Island Southeast Light Rhode Island United States N/A
Bluff Point Light New York United States 1986
Browns Point Light Washington (state) United States N/A
Burnt Coat Harbor Light Maine United States N/A
Burnt Island Light Maine United States N/A
Calvert Marine Museum Maryland United States 1970
Cana Island Light Wisconsin United States N/A
Cape Arkona Lighthouse Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Germany N/A
Cape Forchu Lighthouse Nova Scotia Canada N/A
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse North Carolina United States N/A
Cape Jaffa Lighthouse South Australia Australia 1976
Cape North Lighthouse Ontario Canada 1980
Cape Schanck Lighthouse Victoria Australia N/A
Charlotte–Genesee Lighthouse New York United States N/A
Choptank River Light Maryland United States N/A
Concord Point Light Maryland United States N/A
Copper Harbor Light Michigan United States N/A
Cove Point Light Maryland United States N/A
Crisp Point Light Michigan United States N/A
Currituck Beach Light North Carolina United States N/A
Dongquan Lighthouse Juguang Taiwan 2008
Dunkirk Light New York United States N/A
Eagle Bluff Light Wisconsin United States 1963
Eagle Harbor Light Michigan United States N/A
Fairport Harbor Lighthouse Ohio United States 1945
Fenwick Island Light Delaware United States N/A
Fort Gratiot Light Michigan United States N/A
Forty Mile Point Light Michigan United States N/A
Gasparilla Island Lights Florida United States 1999
Grindel Point Light Maine United States N/A
Hereford Inlet Light New Jersey United States N/A
Horton Point Light New York United States N/A
Inubōsaki Lighthouse Chiba Japan N/A
Jupiter Inlet Light Florida United States 2006
Key West Lighthouse Florida United States N/A
Kinnaird Head Lighthouse Scotland United Kingdom N/A
Lighthouse of Genoa Liguria Italy 2006
Lindesnes Lighthouse Vest-Agder Norway N/A
Marblehead Light (Ohio) Ohio United States N/A
Marquette Harbor Light Michigan United States N/A
McGulpin Point Light Michigan United States N/A
Mission Point Light Michigan United States N/A
Montauk Point Light New York United States 1987
Mukilteo Light Washington (state) United States N/A
Navesink Twin Lights New Jersey United States N/A
New Presque Isle Light Michigan United States N/A
Nojimazaki Lighthouse Chiba Japan N/A
Old Mackinac Point Light Michigan United States N/A
Old Point Loma Lighthouse California United States N/A
Old Presque Isle Light Michigan United States N/A
Ontonagon Light Michigan United States N/A
Pensacola Light Florida United States N/A
Phare de Gatteville Manche France 1997
Piney Point Light Maryland United States N/A
Point Amour Lighthouse Newfoundland Canada N/A
Point Cabrillo Light California United States N/A
Point Fermin Light California United States N/A
Point Iroquois Light Michigan United States N/A
Point Pinos Lighthouse California United States N/A
Point Reyes Lighthouse California United States N/A
Point Vicente Light California United States N/A
Pointe aux Barques Light Michigan United States N/A
Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Florida United States N/A
Port Burwell Lighthouse Ontario Canada N/A
Port Washington Light Wisconsin United States N/A
Portland Head Light Maine United States N/A
Pottawatomie Light Wisconsin United States N/A
Santa Marta Lighthouse Cascais Portugal 2007
Saugerties Light New York United States N/A
Seal Point Lighthouse Eastern Cape South Africa N/A
Seul Choix Light Michigan United States N/A
Signal Tower Museum Scotland United Kingdom N/A
Sodus Point Light New York United States N/A
South Manitou Island Lighthouse Michigan United States N/A
Southwold Lighthouse England United Kingdom N/A
Split Rock Lighthouse Minnesota United States 1976
St. Augustine Light Florida United States 1994
St Mary's Lighthouse England United Kingdom N/A
St. Simons Island Light Georgia United States 1975
Stonington Harbor Light Connecticut United States N/A
Sturgeon Point Light Michigan United States N/A
Świnoujście Lighthouse West Pomeranian Voivodeship Poland 2000
Tawas Point Light Michigan United States N/A
Tuckerton Seaport New Jersey United States 1993
Two Harbors Light Minnesota United States N/A
Umpqua River Light Oregon United States N/A
West Quoddy Head Light Maine United States N/A
Whitefish Point Light Michigan United States N/A
White River Light Michigan United States N/A
Withernsea Lighthouse England United Kingdom N/A
Wood Islands Lighthouse Prince Edward Island Canada N/A
Yaquina Bay Light Oregon United States N/A
Yaquina Head Light Oregon United States N/A

Museums not in lighthouses[edit]

See also[edit]

Note[edit]

A.^ The opening date refers to the current museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Wojtas (May 11, 2017). "Stonington borough approves lighthouse museum addition". The Day. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "Portland Head Light". Lighthousefriends. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Massachusetts lighthouses tell the story of seafaring life and dangers". New England.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "History (Bengtskär lighthouse)". www.bengtskar.fi. Retrieved March 22, 2018.