Welcome to the Maine Lighthouse Museum!

The mission of the Maine Lighthouse Museum is to educate the public regarding the long standing traditions, heroism and progress of America's Lighthouse and Lifesaving services and the United States Coast Guard through the conservation and interpretation of the nation's most significant collection of lighthouse and lifesaving artifacts. The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located in Rockland, Maine, the heart of the Midcoast. From sparkling lenses to heartwarming stories of the keepers and their families, the Maine Lighthouse Museum is truly America's lighthouse museum. The museum, home to the largest collection of lighthouse, life-saving and U.S. Coast Guard artifacts in the nation is located at One Park Drive in Rockland overlooking Rockland Harbor and Penobscot Bay. Parking is Free at the Trade Winds Motor Inn across the street while you are visiting the museum.


This will help the museum to get a share of the available grant money. Just go to their website below and write in Maine Lighthouse Museum under "Midcoast". You must be a Maine Resident to Vote. Please pass this on to your friends and family!
Community Matters More Voting 2017...
With your help, we will give wisely to your community. A total of 40 grants will be awarded, including the organizations listed on the ballot and to the top 8 write-in vote recipients (at least one write-in per region). The top two vote-getting organizations in each region, including write-ins, will each receive $5,000. The remaining 24 organizations will each receive $1,000.
You may submit one (1) ballot - paper or online - with up to three (3) votes. Votes may be for organizations on the ballot, write-ins, or a combination of both, but cannot total more than three. Votes must be for 3 different nonprofits. Duplicate ballots will be removed.
Voters must be Maine residents.
To be eligible, write-in nominations must be for registered 501(c)(3) organizations and be open to all (nonsectarian). Please see our write-in guidelines.
Online voting ends February 28, 2017 at 11:59.59 pm.

Latest Reviews from TripAdvisor

“Great maritime museum”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW
You can't tour coastal Maine and not notice all the lighthouses. Here's your chance to learn all about the 70+ Maine lighthouses. See the largest collection of fresnel lenses in Maine. This is worth the time. Visited August 2016

"A must for anyone with interest in lighthouses"
4 of 5 stars
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW
Maine Lighthouse Museum – We visited this sight first on the weekend of the popular yearly Rockland Lobster festival right outside its doors. Entry cost was reasonable for our family of four. There is a nice gift shop and clean restrooms as part of this location. The Museum has 4-5 sizable rooms with extensive and comprehensive artifact displays, videos and information about lighthouse history, its significance, and maritime life. There is an outside deck for the beautiful Maine waterfront coast “ view”. Nearby, there is a concrete paved coastal walkway good for a stroll (Harbor Park) and overlooks Rockland Harbor. It is very certainly worth a visit for anyone with interest in lighthouses and learning about maritime history. Visited August 2016



ken blackWe are graciously asking that businesses and individuals consider making a pledge of support to the museum. A pledge may be a one-time gift, or the gift can be scheduled to be paid out over a period of time. Informational packets are available to interested organizations and people who would like to gain a more in-depth understanding of the hard work and achievements that have occurred at MLM. We truly are "America's Lighthouse Destination," and we need the financial support of many, both locally and nationally, to remain the caretakers of the largest and most significant public collection of lighthouse artifacts in the United States. A pledge form can be downloaded on the website, and Dot Black, Interim Director, would be happy to answer any questions regarding how your contributed funds will be put to work. As a non-profit, any and all contributions to the Maine Lighthouse Museum are tax-deductible charitable contributions.

You may donate, join the museum and/or make a pledge online on our website at www.mainelighthousemuseum.org. For more information you may call Museum Director Dot Black at 207 975-9690 or call the museum at 207 594-3301 and leave a message.

Museum Rentals

The museum rooms are available for rental for holiday parties for businesses, organizations and everyone. Rooms are available for 20-150 people and can include tours and presentations. Entertain in a unique setting that will light up the event.

Newly Designed Gift Shop
now open for business.

Join the Maine Lighthouse Museum Today!

We are excited to announce that you can now join or renew your membership to the Maine Lighthouse Museum online! Click here for details and membership benefits!

Call the Maine Lighthouse Museum at 207-594-3301 for more information.

Volunteers Needed!


The Maine Lighthouse Museum is always looking for new volunteers and docents to help with the day to day operation of the museum. We especially need some volunteers to help set up new exhibits in the museum. Even if you can only spare a few hours once or twice a week your help will be greatly appreciated! Please call 207 594-3301 for more information. You will be helping us keep Ken Black's dream alive and at the same time you will be preserving our maritme heritage for future generations to enjoy.

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