Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse
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The Fairport Harbor
Marine Museum and Lighthouse

"The light that shone for 100 years"
1825 - 1925

News5 features the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse as a
"Hidden Gem"



The Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is the first
Great Lakes Lighthouse Marine Museum in the
State of Ohio , as well as the United States.

The museum, which also has a small gift shop, is located
at 129 Second St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.
For more information as to when the museum is open
call (440) 354-4825
email - keeper@fairportharborlighthouse.org

2023 Fairport Harbor Lighthouse & Marine
Museum Events Calendar

Summer Hours Begin May 27th
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays,
Sundays & Legal Holidays
Noon to 6:00 P.M.

            Adults: 13-59: $10.00       Seniors: 60+ $7.00
            Children: 6 -12: $5.00      Under 6: Free
            Active military: Free including family
            Inactive military; (Military person only.) Free
            Members: Free
Enjoy an after hours -
Museum Visit & Sunset Tower Climb

Adults - $13.00    Children under 17 - $7.00
  June 2nd      8:00pm - 10:00pm
  June 23rd      8:00pm - 10:00pm
  July 14th       8:00pm - 10:00pm
  August 25th   8:00pm - 10:00pm
  Sept. 22nd     7:00pm - 9:00pm

Village Walking Tour & Lighthouse Visit
   Sunday, August 6th    4:30pm - 6:00pm
(Reservations accepted beginning July 1st $20 per ticket )

“Ghost Stories of Lake County” Fundraiser
Tuesday October 10th TBD
(Reservations accepted starting September 5th -
$20 per ticket, max. 25)

Additional Dates / Hours
June 30th - July 2nd, Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras week
August 12th - Village Fest
September 17th - Village Community Day
Harbor Holidays - December 2nd TBA
'Off Hours' Private Tours by appointment -
May 1st - November 1st.
Bus Tours Welcome! *Two weeks notice
recommended in summer months.
Call 440-354-4825 or email keeper@fairportlighthouse.org

The museum was founded in 1945 by the Fairport Harbor Historical Society, which is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition of Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. The original lighthouse was completed in 1825. The tower stood thirty feet high, capped with an octagonal-shaped iron lantern. The lighthouse was accompanied by a two-story keeper's house.Due to deterioration the tower and keeper's house had to be replaced. Rebuilt in 1871, the tower now stands sixty feet high and has a spiral staircase of 69 steps which leads to an observation platform.In 1925 the light in the tower (a third-order Fresnel lens) was discontinued. It was replaced by a combination light and foghorn station which was built on the west breakwater pier head.

The museum houses a number of artifacts pertaining to life on the Great Lakes and other maritime exhibits. Attached to the museum is the former pilothouse from the Great Lakes carrier the "Frontenac". More info.......


Visitors Photo Gallery

Harding Students visit the museum.
Tour by Dan Maxson

A gallery of all the Virtual Content the
National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Local Lore by Max
every Monday and Thursday
in the News-Herald Blog
Timeline of
Fairport Harbor
The Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
is part of the
Lake Erie
Coastal Ohio Trail.


Current Map of Ships in the Harbor and Vicinity (zoom out to view the entire lake)



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