The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. is a private nonprofit museum dedicated to its mission to “discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of our Nation’s Oldest Port™ as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse.”
Everything we do helps to preserve our maritime past. Your donations help us step up to fulfill our mission by funding historic preservation of six historic buildings, conservation of over 19,000 artifacts and education through a host of programs focused on ethical, scientific maritime archaeology and lighthouse heritage. Together we keep the front porch light shining for our community.
Historic Preservation: Saving Our Stories
The Museum continues to build on the legacy established by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine (JSL) by working to preserve all the historic structures on our Light Station property. In addition to the 1876 Keepers’ House and 1874 lighthouse tower, and two WWII-era buildings, the U.S. Coast Guard Coastal Lookout Building and the U.S. Navy Beach Patrol Jeep maintenance garage, that served as part of the coastal response to WWII.
Maritime Research: Discovering Our Past
Since 1999, the St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program has been searching the seas just off the St. Augustine coast for historic shipwrecks and other coastal history. Each artifact we study tells the story of the oldest port in our nation. They show how our ancestors first arrived in the New World and how they survived despite the hardships of establishing a permanent Spanish colony in what Ponce De Leon’s called La Florida when he landed here in 1513. They tell us about being British Refugees just after the American Revolution, and about the building of Henry Flagler’s grand hotels.
Our maritime research program also provides one of the few places in the world where college students can receive hands-on professional training in underwater archaeology. As you support this program with your donations, and as you support us by climbing 219 steps to the top of the tower, students and scientists dive deep to help explore how the sea connects us all. Thank you for stepping up!
Educational Programs: Inspiring our Future
We share the maritime culture and heritage of Northeast Florida with more than 43,000 school-age children each year through tours, field trips, and camps. Our spring, summer and winter camp programs provide engaging, hands-on activities such as traditional Menorcan cast-net making, ship model building, and artifact preservation for students in grades K-8.
Many of the students who participate in our camp programs are at-risk students who receive scholarships. For some, it’s the first time they have ever seen the ocean, even though they grew up just a few miles away from the lighthouse.
MORE WAYS TO GIVE
Become a Corporate Sponsor
For additional information about naming opportunities, corporate sponsorships and tax deductible gifts, please call 904-829-0745 and ask for the Development Office.
You can also make a donation via mail:
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc.
81 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine FL 32080-4650
United States of America