The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting and keeping alive the story of the Nation's Oldest Port.
We do this in many ways:
Local and national preservation efforts
Maritime archaeological research
Our camps reach out to underserved and at-risk populations through scholarships and donations. This allows students to attend our camps who have high academic achievement and potential but do not have the economic means to attend camp.
Additionally, undergraduate and graduate students from around the world visit the museum every summer for one of the nation’s only underwater archaeology field schools. These students have the rare chance to experience excavation and artifact recovery from a unique 18th century shipwreck, combining scientific diving, archaeological science, and history to make for a well-rounded field school experience.
Thanks to the dedication of the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, a massive preservation effort to restore the St. Augustine Light Station began in the 1980's. Over a decade later, with more than two million dollars raised throughout the St. Augustine community, the 1874 Lighthouse tower and first order Fresnel lens as well as the 1876 Keepers' House opened to the public as a nonprofit museum for residents and visitors to enjoy and learn more about St. Augustine's vast maritime history.
In addition to maintaining the Light Station grounds, our museum staff continues to serve as experts in many areas of historic preservation. The St. Augustine Lighthouse lobbies for national preservation issues in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill. We proudly work directly with government agencies to insure that America's lighthouses survive for generations to come.
Archaeological Maritime Research
The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP), is the research arm of the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. This team of professional archaeologists is dedicated to the investigation, interpretation and better understanding of the maritime history and archaeology of St. Augustine, the “First Coast” region of Florida, and beyond. Through historical research and scientific study of shipwrecks and other maritime archaeological sites, LAMP seeks to share the dynamic stories of our Nation’s Oldest Port.