The Maine Lighthouse Museum
at the Maine Discovery Center™

The Maine Lighthouse Museum (MLM) is the proud home of the largest collection of Fresnel lighthouse lenses and the most important landmark collection of lighthouse artifacts and Coast Guard memorabilia in the United States. The museum has just merged the spectacular lighthouse collection from the former Museum of Lighthouse History of Wells, ME with the MLM exhibits. The two collections are now on display and marvelously compliment each other. The museum is now open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults. Children free.

This year marks the completion of the Maine Discovery Center, the location of the collection's new home, the Maine Lighthouse Museum, as well as the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce , and the Lighthouse Depot gift store.

The Maine Discovery Center

While the Maine Lighthouse Museum is a must-see for anyone interested in lighthouses and American maritime history, the new Maine Discovery Center is a first-class regional visitor center with exhibits from museums around the Maine Discovery Coast.

Become a member of Friends of the Maine Lighthouse Museum today!

The Maine Lighthouse Museum is located on the waterfront in historic downtown Rockland overlooking the beautiful Rockland Breakwater and Penobscot Bay. Come visit the museum and experience the "Rockland Renaissance" here in the heart of the MidCoast.

Cruise Rockland harbor and visit the Rockland Breakwater lighthouse! Get your tickets at the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

Newsletters (Updated July 2017)

Thank you to all of those who downloaded our last issue of the Maine Lighthouse Museum newsletter. We have decided to revitalize the bulletin as a way of staying in touch with our volunteers, helpers and regular guests. Our next issue will be released next month featuring a combination of events and updates but also insight articles on maritime history and culture. With the support of the NMHS, Visit Maine, and High School Diploma Online Accredited, we intend to bring you an information-packed bonanza of news, essays and writings of interest to guests. It will be available to download on our Newsroom page, and will be emailed automatically to our subscribers. As the summer season of 2017 rapidly approaches we are sure to welcome a further influx of guests and visitors to our Maine location and so we are happy to announce collaboration with Maine Museums in the promotion of cultural and educational tourism statewide. For those of you soon to embark on a visit please consult maps and directions for guidance.

Download our Current Newsletter (392kb PDF)

Mission Statement: The mission of the Maine Lighthouse Museum is to preserve, display and enhance the nation's most significant collection of lighthouse and lifesaving artifacts and lenses. The museum will present its collected works as part of the Maine Discovery Center that celebrates the maritime, commercial, cultural and environmental heritage of MidCoast Maine. The Maine Lighthouse Museum's exhibitions and programs will inspire and educate residents about the region's unique quality of life and our New England traditions.


The Lighthouse Depot is the world's largest retailer of everything for the lighthouse lover! Find a spectacular inventory of lighthouse models and miniatures, replicas, clothing, gifts, art, toys, memorabilia, and exclusive regional favorites! Save 10% on your purchases when you become a Charter Member of the Maine Lighthouse Museum! Visit our membership page for details.

The Lighthouse Depot is open during museum operating hours.

Own a Limited Edition Jamie Wyeth Print and help the Maine Lighthouse Museum Lighthouse Iris by Jamie Wyeth depicts the artist’s lighthouse home off the coast of Maine. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist and includes a certificate of authenticity. A portion of proceeds fund the Maine Lighthouse Museum.