Visiting the Maine Lighthouse Museum

The Maine Lighthouse Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in lighthouses and American maritime history!

From sparkling lenses to heartwarming stories of the keepers and families the Maine Lighthouse Museum is America's lighthouse museum & home to the largest collection of lighthouse artifacts and mementoes.

Additional exhibits highlight stories of valor while paying tribute to the United States Coast Guard and United States Life-Saving Services, while others shed light on the lady lightkeepers.



The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located at One Park Drive on the waterfront in historic downtown Rockland overlooking the beautiful Rockland Breakwater and Penobscot Bay.

Our building also features the Maine Discovery Visitors Center, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Gift Shop.

Conveniently located near more than 16 restaurants, 12 galleries, 21 unique retail shops, full service hotels, motor inns, bed & breakfasts, and campgrounds, many in walking or short driving distance.

Recent Reviews

for Maine Lighthouse Museum

“A Nice Ending To My Maine Vacation”
4 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 5, 2015 NEW
Having just spent 3 nights at the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse and being told by the innkeepers that the 4th order Fresnel lens that had once been in the Cuckolds Light Station was part of the extensive collection of lenses housed at the Maine Lighthouse Museum, it was obvious that I needed to make a trip to Rockland to check it out for myself before I wrapped up my vacation. I am so glad that I stopped at this museum. What a wonderful place for any lighthouse enthusiast and at such a modest admission fee. I thoroughly enjoyed my leisurely afternoon browsing the many well thought out displays about Maine lighthouses and the role of the Coast Guard. I especially enjoyed the informative video on Fresnel lenses and came away with a much greater understanding and appreciation of the history of lighthouses in the US and the keepers responsible for their operation before automation. There is a nice gift shop at the museum so make sure to take home a souvenir or two or consider making a donation to the museum to help with its operational expenses. I bought a beautiful print of Owls Head Light and a unique pair of earrings. Great job Maine Lighthouse Museum!

“Treasure Trove of Information”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW
What a nice surprise! Stopped by the Lighthouse Museum and did not know what to expect. The collection of light house items and articles is very impressive. Learned a great deal about the historical significance of the lighthouses in Maine and elsewhere. Worth the price of admission!

“My favorite history museum”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 25, 2015
This is the best lighthouse museum I have visited and I have been in several around the world. The exhibits includes a large collection of glass lights, lamps, foghorns as well as uniforms, and memorabilia of the Coast Guard and Maine's lighthouse history. The Museum has knowledgeable people who can answer questions and there is an excellent supply of books on lighthouse history in the giftshop.

“Very Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed
August 13, 2015 NEW
Yes, there is a charge but it's so worth it!! We started with a fantastic video with all kinds of history on Maine's lighthouses. My 17 year old got this awesome paper with a bunch of pictures and list to match them to. It was very educational and we had so much fun trying to find the information. After we were finished he received a free coloring book!! The museum had an amazing amount of things and I'm sure we didn't see everything. The shop was very nice too. I would definitely suggest this museum to anyone wanting to learn about our history with lighthouses!!

For more information about the museum call us at 207 594-3301, or Like Us on Facebook

Group Tour Operators:

We offer a discounted admission rate for groups of 20 or more. Please call for special volume discount rates. A choice of self-guided or docent guided tours available.

Convenient...Bus drops off passengers right in front. Parking down the street.

Hospitality...First class visitor restrooms located on site, an attractive gift shop offering thousands of items, many with a lighthouse or nautical theme at every price point.

Group Tour Handout (.pdf)

Group Tour by Volunteer Ted Panayotoff - Photo by Bob Trapani


Contact Information:

Maine Lighthouse Museum
One Park Drive
P.O. Box 1116, Rockland, ME 04841
Ph: 207-594-3301