Step up and make a difference. Members, volunteers, and donors help the nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum meet its mission to discover, preserve, present, and keep alive the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port™.
Explore Our History
Learn about 500+ years of maritime history at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. From the first, wooden, watch tower in the late 1500s to the current St. Augustine Light Station, built from 1871-1874, discover the importance of these aids-to-navigation.
Frequently Asked Questions
The 1760 British Yawl: Evolution of a Ship’s Boat
Shrimpin’ Ain’t Easy
Keep the Light Shining
As a nonprofit organization, you make a difference with every admission, donation, membership and gift shop purchase. Your support helps us keep the light shining! It allows us to discover new stories through research and archaeology, preserve historic structures and objects, present stories through exhibitions and educational programs and keep maritime heritage alive with traditional wooden boatbuilding and support of other maritime folk arts. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!
“My kids and I loved it. We will definitely be back with friends.”
“Great exhibits and archaeological conservation lab!”
“I am a ghost enthusiast and I enjoy visiting haunted locations and doing ghost tours. I have done a handful of tours in different locations and so far the Light house ghost tour is the best I have ever experienced.”
“Loving Florida’s lighthouses, and this one is so well preserved. All the buildings were so interesting but of course the climb to the top is the highlight.”
“Totally worth the admission. The grounds are pretty, with nice landscaping and some cool exhibitions. There’s even a decent place to get a bite to eat. But of course, you’re here for the lighthouse. Take your time climbing to the top–it’s a lot of stairs. But the views are quite the payoff for your efforts. If you enjoy photography, you’ll have lots to do up there.”
“Very well kept buildings and grounds. A walking path takes you on a nature trail, but the main attraction is the lighthouse. You can also tour the lighthouse keepers house and see relics from shipwrecks in the lower level.”