New Canal Lighthouse

New Orleans, Louisiana

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Feb 26 ~ Mar 3
Sitting 19 feet above the level of Lake Pontchartrain, the New Canal Lighthouse is the only active lighthouse in Louisiana that contains a museum open to the public. This lighthouse museum educates visitors and locals about the habitats of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, the history of the lighthouse, and more.

New Canal Lighthouse Visitors Guide

The New Canal Lighthouse was reconstructed after suffering intense damage from Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005. At the lighthouse, learn interesting facts about critical coast issues, the history of the lighthouse, and habitats of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The New Canal Lighthouse aids in navigation by providing lighting to the lighthouse beacon nightly for all to see. Get hands-on experience at testing water quality in the Lake Front Learning Lab.

You can access the museum by two sets of stairs or by an elevator lift for individuals who have special needs. Once you get to the balcony, you’ll see all-encompassing views of the New Orleans South Shore Lakefront. The museum contains three display areas with one showcasing the lighthouse and the region, another display showcases LPBF’s Save our Lake Campaign, and the third display showcases the challenges that were confronted with the LPBF’s Save our Coast Campaign. On the second floor, you’ll see an office space that consists of LPBF’s outreach, education, and development departments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is the New Canal Lighthouse wheelchair accessible?

Yes. The museum, gift shop, and grounds are accessible via wheelchair-friendly ramps.

2. What hotels are near the New Canal Lighthouse?

There are several hotels near the New Canal Lighthouse, including Rose Manor Bed and Breakfast, 1896 O’Malley House, La Belle Esplanade, Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast, and more.

3. When is New Canal Lighthouse open?

The New Canal Lighthouse is open Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

4. When was the New Canal Lighthouse established?

The New Canal Lighthouse was established in 1838.

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