Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland

4.3
#7 of 19 in Historic Sites in Mid Coast Maine
Maine Lighthouse Museum boasts the United States' largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and artifacts, as well as Coast Guard memorabilia. Any traveler interested in lighthouses or maritime history will love browsing the lamps, foghorns, uniforms, and more. Watch an educational film on the history of these beacons, learn about their names' origins, and gain an appreciation for the all-important role of lighthouse keepers before the buildings became automated. Pick up a souvenir in the gift shop, which sells books with more lighthouse history. Use our Rockland vacation route planner to arrange your visit to Maine Lighthouse Museum and other attractions in Rockland.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Very educational, very entertaining. I didn't realize how little I knew about lighthouses! We had a short guided tour which really brought everything to life for us.  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    I've been to the National Lighthouse Museum in Staten Island NY (which is quite nice) and this one was surprisingly larger... even with a narrower focus! But that narrow focus (on Maine lighthouses) i...  more »
  • July 29, 2017
    There is so much to learn about lighthouses and the lights that light them and the people who tended them. We arrived with only a half hour until closing and it was not enough time. It's a fascinating...  more »
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  • June 26, 2017
    Fascinating displays, good artifacts
  • September 19, 2016
    Very nice museum. A lot of navigational aid and Coast Guard history and artifacts. Lenses were amazing!
  • June 7, 2016
    Great exhibits and artifacts. I loved coming through the museum. The tour guide was a bit clingy though.
  • September 29, 2015
    I'm sure it's got interesting info but it's just a small museum at the back of the town's Chamber of Commerce. The place is run by elderly people and they're usually busy talking rather than manning the place. You do need to pay an admission fee. The sign says to wait at the gift shop counter so I waited. I left when I realized that I was being ignored. I wish I didn't make the trip here but in retrospect, the scenery and drive over was worth the disappointment. If I had time, I would've done the Lighthouse Trail instead and completely skipped this.
  • August 30, 2016
    I love this museum! I go there every time I visit Maine!

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