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Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, Tybee Island
(4.3/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
On the site of one of the few remaining colonial lighthouses in the country today, Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum provides the history of the structure and its human users through nearly three centuries of existence. Originally constructed in 1736 and modified over 250 years, the 44 m (144 ft) tall lighthouse changed hands multiple times in its lifetime, most recently falling under Confederate control during the American Civil War. You can explore the museum's exhibits, artifacts, and treasures from the lighthouse's history, which are housed in former gunpowder magazines in the surrounding military installation. Be aware that the 178 steps to the top of the tower pose a challenge. If you have mobility or health issues, they are best avoided. Use our Tybee Island trip generator to visit Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum on your trip to Tybee Island, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This was my family's first trip to a lighthouse and I have to say it was spectacular! We are avid collectors of lighthouses and my fiancĂ© and I want to be able to be married here because the view is j...  more »
  • Awesome lighthouse. Nice grounds. Several museums as part of the complex, including a museum across the street about the history of Tybee Island. The lighthouse keeper’s house is decorated with period...  more »
  • Great view of the north side of the island. There are lots of steps, so be prepared, but the view is worth the climb.