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.


TidePieces by Alan Winick

The museum is located at One Park Drive in Rockland, overlooking Rockland Harbor and Beautiful Penobscot Bay. Parking is Free at the Trade Winds Motor Inn across the street while you are visiting the museum. We are now open Monday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information about the museum or items in our gift shop call us at 207 594-3301, drop in for a visit or Like Us on Facebook


Amazing Photos on Canvas
by Noted Lighthouse Photographer Ron Foster for Sale to Benefit the Museum.

Pick one up today at the Lighthouse Gift Shop at the museum for yourself or a friend, they make great gifts!

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

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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