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Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse, Port Burwell

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Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse is a historical museum in Port Burwell, Ontario, Canada. Located at the mouth of the Big Otter Creek on Lake Erie, the museum and lighthouse reflect upon when Port Burwell was at the height of its fame as a shipbuilding community.The lighthouse, completed in 1840 and renovated in the 1980s, remains one of Canada's oldest Lighthouses of a completely wooden construction. Present in the museum collection is the most accurate model ever built of the rail car ferry the Ashtabula, which made routine trips between Port Burwell and Ashtabula, Ohio for the purposes of transporting coal. This ship was a mainstay of the Port Burwell shipping experience until the 1950s and played an intricate role in the development of Southern Ontario through its supply of coal energy. The museum's collection includes original Fresnel lenses, finely detailed model ships and a vast assortment of tools, photographs and artifacts dating from the 19th century.AffiliationsThe Museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.
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  • The museum benefits greatly from its proximity to "the graveyard of Lake Erie; Long Point". There are certainly interesting items to look at, but somehow it didn't come together to tell a story. Maybe...  more »
  • A very interesting visit. very informative. The steps can be hard to handle if you have mobility problems,  more »
  • this is one of few remaining lighthouses in the Lake Erie area of Ontario that exists. the marine history is truly amazing  more »
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  • Nice little museum although a bit expensive for the small size of it. The lighthouse tour was neat but not for kids. They have a sign saying kids under 7 or 8 not recommended we took our 5 year old up and it didn't go super well. The stair ways up get steep and narrow near the top so it may also not he the best for older or claustrophobic travellers.
  • Very clean and well maintained. Helpfull staff.
  • Was a interesting tour
  • Nothing here.
  • Fascinating and eye opening

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