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Welcome to the Maine Lighthouse Museum

The Maine Lighthouse Museum is the proud home of the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and the most important landmark collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. The museum has merged the spectacular lighthouse collection from the former Museum of Lighthouse History of Wells, ME with these exhibits. The two collections are now on display and marvelously complement each other. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visitors are welcomed to Maine Discovery Center, the location of the collection's new home, the Maine Lighthouse Museum, as well as the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Lighthouse Depot store.

While the Maine Lighthouse Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in lighthouses and American maritime history, the new Maine Discovery Center is a first-class regional visitor center with exhibits from museums around the Maine Discovery Coast.

The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located on the waterfront in historic downtown Rockland overlooking the beautiful Rockland Breakwater and Penobscot Bay. Come visit the museum and experience the "Rockland Renaissance" here in the heart of the mid-coast.

Cruise Rockland harbor and visit the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse! Get your tickets at the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

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Is Maine Lighthouse Museum Open?

The museum adopts summer opening hours after Memorial Day. The hours are typically 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. After Columbus Day, hours are limited and it is advisable to call ahead. The museum is closed in January and February and operates Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during spring.

Can I incorporate a visit into a wider trip through Maine's historic sites?

Of course! Maine is famous for its tranquil beauty and rugged coastline. However, it also has a rich and fascinating history. There are dozens of historic sites within short driving distance across the state, including the Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site.

How much do tickets cost?

The museum offers an affordable day out to individuals, couples, tour groups, and families. Adult tickets are $8, senior tickets are $6, and children under 12 are admitted free in the presence of an adult. Active and retired members of the US Coast Guard are admitted free of charge.

What exhibits are available to view?

The museum hosts one of the most interesting and varied collections of artifacts anywhere on the east coast. Maritime history enthusiasts will find lenses, mementos, stories of valor, and more.

Does the museum rent space for events?

Yes! Meetings, workshops, and celebrations are all well suited and welcome to make a reservation. The Breakwater Room can host up to 60 guests while the smaller Liberty Room is suitable for parties of up to 20. Parking, restrooms, and kitchen are all accessible. The venue offers stunning coastal views and guided tours can be booked for your party.

Is there a gift shop?

Yes. The gift shop is full of interesting souvenirs. This includes apparel, figurines, postcards, pottery, toys, and more.

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