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Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse, Port Burwell

(3.9/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web)
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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  • this is one of few remaining lighthouses in the Lake Erie area of Ontario that exists. the marine history is truly amazing  more »
  • The employee knows nothing about local Marine information. She couldn't tell us what kind of engine was on display, did not know what the huge flat boats in the water outside were and said there's not...  more »
  • What a cute lighthouse to see. Very cheap $2.25 to go inside and climb to the top. The opening at the top is smaller and might be harder to maneuver but the view is awesome. A must see if you come to ...  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.
  • Great tour but little expensive
  • Very clean and well maintained. Helpfull staff.
  • Fascinating and eye opening