Maritime Archaeology & Education Center

We need your help!

In order to continue our archaeological research and maritime education programs at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, we need an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible space that's protected from Florida's harsh climate. 

This 2,500 square foot building will provide learning opportunities for school children in our day camp programs as well as undergraduate and graduate students studying archaeology at one of the nation's only underwater archaeology field school programs.

Our new facility will provide:

» A permanent home for research

Academics and students will be able to study the maritime history of the area throughout Nation's Oldest PortSM programs utilizing the latest technology. An X-ray machine will allow conservators to see inside 200 year-old concretions to determine the best course for preserving the artifacts inside for future generations. 

» Accessible learning space for all

In addition to ADA accessible classroom space for students of all ages, the new building will also be home to accessible exhibit spaces to share Nation's Oldest PortSM stories with Museum visitors. From volunteer ship modelers demonstrating their historic craft to interactive features focused on shipwreck archaeology, people of all ages will have the opportunity to be hands-on with history.

» New public archaeology opportunities

A special viewing window in the conservation area will give Museum guests a unique glimpse inside the world of archaeological conservation. Visitors will be able to see the careful process behind conserving historic artifacts recovered from the ocean floor. 

How can you help?

With one simple pledge, spread over the next five years, you can make this new facility and all the opportunities it will provide into a reality. 

You'll also have your name, or the name of an honored loved one, become part of the Lighthouse Legacy forever.


8" x 8" Tile

Includes up to five lines of text.
• $42 per month pledge
   for five years
• $500 per year pledge
   for five years
• $2500 one-time


4" x 8" Tile

Includes up to three lines of text.
• $30 per month pledge
    for five years
• $350 per year pledge
    for five years
• $1750 one-time


4" x 4" Tile

Includes up to three lines of text.
• $17 per month pledge
    for five years
• $200 per year pledge
    for five years
• $1000 one-time


Contact us for more information, including naming opportunities!

To learn more about this campaign, including our available naming opportunities, please contact Director of Development Michelle Adams at (904) 829-0745 ext. 212 or via email at madams[at] or Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming at (904) 829-0745 or via email kfleming[at]

Construction of the Maritime Archaeology & Education Center is supported in part by a Historic Preservation Fund grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The project is also sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture, and the State of Florida. The project is also supported through generous donations from The Lastinger Family Foundation, Gasper and Irene Lazzara, Jerry and Janet Carlisle, LTC Lee McConkey, the PGA Tour, Inc., Trustee Emeritus Judy Burnett Albright, Charles Cox, and Wright Timothy Jackson.

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St. Augustine, Florida 32080