St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum is dedicated to discovering, preserving, presenting and keeping alive the story of the nation’s oldest port. We do this in many ways:
Local and national preservation efforts
Maritime archaeological research
Safeguarding the memories and precious belongings of those that came before us.
Our Work with Young People
LAMP was instrumental in developing the first underwater archaeology program to enter a public school system. We work with local high schools to put students in the water with marine archaeologists. We introduce over 43,000 school age children to the marine sciences and maritime history through:
Program scholarships for disadvantaged youth
We are changing the lives of high school and college students through:
Encouraging scholarly investigations
Influencing career choices
Our Mission: To discover, preserve, present and keep alive the story of the nation’s oldest port, as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse.
The effort to save the Lighthouse began in 1980. The Keepers’ House was the target of arson (1970) and had fallen into disrepair when the Junior Service League of St. Augustine adopted the project. As a result of this successful preservation effort, the St. Augustine Lighthouse has become a model for other lighthouses nationwide. Lighthouse staff is now recognized as national experts in restoration and museum operations. So much so that the lighthouse has been sought after to develop and facilitate conferences and to mentor museums nationwide.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse lobbies for national preservation issues in Tallahassee and on Capitol Hill. We proudly work directly with government agencies to insure that America’s castles survive for generations to come.
Preserving the Past for Future Generations
The lighthouse stores a vast collection of WWII artifacts including thousands of pictures (some were saved from being sent to the dumpster). The lighthouse also has an oral history library in its permanent collection that continues to grow.
Among our efforts is a desire to grow our entire collection. We are an official partner of the Library of Congress’ Veteran’s History Project.
Through our Maritime Memory Project, we are expanding our knowledge of WWII military service in the waters of the first coast.
We are actively seeking local stories to share about this great time in the First Coast’s history.
We work to be the finest light station and maritime museum in the world.