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Maine Lighthouse Museum, Rockland

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Lighthouse Specialty Museum
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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  • Full range of exhibits related to lighthouses, Coast Guard, lifesaving service etc. Light house area has many lenses with working lights to explain how the optics work to focus and magnify the light.  more »
  • As someone who is a docent at a lighthouse in So Maine I was totally impressed with this facility.Even for someone who only has casual interest in Lighthouse this is great stop.I think they have done ...  more »
  • There is lots of information, some amazing artifacts and it's quite charming how they are displayed and explained. Also very friendly and helpfull staff  more »
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  • Fascinating displays, good artifacts
  • Very nice museum. A lot of navigational aid and Coast Guard history and artifacts. Lenses were amazing!
  • Great exhibits and artifacts. I loved coming through the museum. The tour guide was a bit clingy though.
  • 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.
  • I love this museum! I go there every time I visit Maine!