Courtesy of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau

History is waiting! We invite you to climb, wander, see, hear, explore, experience, and enjoy it all!

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
The Lighthouse Museum is made up of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and adjoining Keeper’s Dwelling, located on the south end of St. Simons in the Pier Village. Visitors may climb the Lighthouse tower and visit the Keeper’s Dwelling, which houses the Museum exhibits. To learn more about our site, see our Campus Map.

101 12th Street
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-4666

Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Last Lighthouse climb 4:30 p.m.

The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and Museum Store are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, January 2-4 for inventory, and Easter Sunday. The Lighthouse tower may be closed to climbers during inclement weather.  The Society administrative offices are closed all major holidays.

Admission
$12 for Adults
$5 for Ages 6-12
Children under six, Society members, and active duty military and their immediate families are admitted free of charge.

Tickets may be purchased in the A.W. Jones Heritage Center or online.  Click here to purchase daily Lighthouse tickets.

A.W. Jones Heritage Center
Located on the Lighthouse campus, the Heritage Center houses the Society’s archives, research library, exhibits, Event Hall, Museum Store, and administrative offices. Tickets to the Lighthouse Museum may be purchased in the Heritage Center’s Museum Store.

610 Beachview Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-4666

Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach
The Historic Coast Guard Station is located at East Beach and is currently closed for site work. The Station will house a new World War II Home Front Museum in Fall 2018. Visit the World War II Home Front Museum page to learn more.

4201 1st Street
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-4666

Accessibility

Parking
There are no museum-designated parking spaces at either the Lighthouse campus or the Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach but plentiful, accessible, and free public parking is available surrounding both sites.

At the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and A.W. Jones Heritage Center, parking spaces are available along 12th Street in front of the Lighthouse and along Beachview Drive between 12th Street and Mallery Street. For visitors with limited mobility, we suggest taking advantage of the drop-off area in front of the Heritage Center and using accessible pathways to the west of the building to reach the ramp on the Lighthouse side.

At the Historic Coast Guard Station, all beach access parking is available for visitors to the site.

Visiting Historic Areas
The A.W. Jones Heritage Center is wheelchair accessible via ramp on the side of the building facing the Lighthouse. See the campus map here. Although the historic brick pathways surrounding the Lighthouse can be uneven, there is a pathway through the courtyard that connects the A.W. Jones Heritage Center (where Lighthouse Museum tickets are purchased) and the rear entrance ramp to the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum. Only the first floor of the historic Keeper’s Dwelling, and therefore the Lighthouse Museum, is wheelchair accessible. Inside the museum, a book of images and panels is available for review from the docent.

For those who cannot or do not wish to make the climb to the top of the Lighthouse, we have a 3D virtual tour of the St. Simons Lighthouse on our website. Click through the 129 step climb and enjoy the view from the top. Once at “top,” you can also get a glimpse of what no regular visitor can: the lens room maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard and Auxiliary, normally closed to public access!

The Historic Coast Guard Station at East Beach is currently closed due to ongoing site work in preparation for the new World War II Home Front Museum. Accessibility to the museum and historic buildings has been one of our top priorities in planning.

Service Animals
Certified service animals are welcome inside our buildings and museums. The grounds of the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, A.W. Jones Heritage Center, and the Historic Coast Guard Station are open to the public and their pets.