Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Pensacola Beach-Navarre, Florida

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May 17 ~ May 23
The Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum offers one of the most unique experiences you can get from a museum on the Gulf Coast. The rich history behind this beautiful structure is showcased in over a dozen fascinating exhibits.

Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum Visitors Guide

Encompassing 177 steps, the Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum offers one of the most beautiful views on the Gulf Coast. Congress authorized $6,000 for the Pensacola Lighthouse in March of 1823. In 1869, The Keeper’s Quarters of the Pensacola Light Station was built. Visitors can enjoy a glimpse into the past at this working lighthouse, which is still an active aid to navigation.

Visitors also have the opportunity to tour the grounds and climb to the top of the lighthouse for panoramic views of Pensacola Bay and beyond. The Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum provides education on maritime history through interactive exhibits and programs for all ages. There are plenty of exhibits like the History of Illumination that covers various illumination methods such as simple bonfires and Fresnel lenses. See the rooms on the eastern side of the Keeper’s Quarters through the Living History series of exhibits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you need to book in advance to visit Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum?

It’s recommended that you book museum tours ahead of time to reserve your spot.

2. Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The first floor of the museum is wheelchair accessible by a ramp located on the east side of the building.

3. Is the museum open on holidays?

The museum is closed on major holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Easter Sunday.

4. When is the Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum open?

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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