St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, Saint Simons Island: Hours, Address, St. Simons Lighthouse Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

St. Simons Lighthouse Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Melissa A
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This was our first stop while visiting Saint Simons Island. We've been told, on a clear day, it provides for a spectacular view. Our visit during a rainy and cool February week meant that there was lots of beautiful fog but not much of a view.

The tickets are bought inside the Museum and they re $12 for the lighthouse and its related museum. I know some say this is steep but we like to support self sustaining historical sites. Once your ticket is purchased, you can watch a short but interesting video about the lighthouse (which we enjoyed) and then proceed to the museum. Inside there are two floors, the top floor is a recreation of the living quarters of a lighthouse keeper. The bottom floor houses the friendly concierge, historical items and lots of informational boards.

The museum opens to the lighthouse steps. On a misty morning the steps re wet but didn't feel slippery to us; however, there re some very narrow steps at the top level. There re resting spots every floor with a small window for looking out on the views. The top level with access to the outside is just below the light. You rest able to see the light as you are in some lighthouses but the view from the open floor is still quite nice. We were lucky on the day we visited, it was just us and one additional couple so we had the freedom to take photos and a moment to enjoy the view.

Once you've descended, there is a small garden area with a brick laid compass that is quite pretty as well as a pillion in the location of the original lighthouse before it was dismantled to keep enemy ships from the coast.

This whole area is very walkable and close to the main street/downtown area. We walked along the beach and the pier after and the whole thing took maybe leisurely hour.
Written February 19, 2021
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS2,866 contributions
Family
We enjoyed our day on St. Simon's Island and the historic, picturesque lighthouse truly adds to the areas charm. The Lighthouse & Keepers Dwelling have been standing since 1872, after the original lighthouse was destroyed by Confederate troops. It is an active lighthouse that continues to guide ships into St. Simon's Sound. The keeper dwelling was interesting and informative, and the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse affords panoramic views of this beautiful area. In entirety the self-guided tour took less than 30 minutes, while we enjoyed it, we felt it was a little pricey for our large multigenerational family group!
Written June 2, 2021
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Rebecca L
Atlanta, GA1,366 contributions
No trip to St. Simon's Island is complete without seeing the lighthouse. However, this was our first time to tour the inside. With a combo ticket, we purchased at the WWII Home Front museum, we spent about 45 minutes here.

After watching a short film, we climbed the 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse. Imagine doing that while carrying 5 gallons of fuel each night! At the top, you can walk on the small balcony outside to get panoramic views of the island. Back downstairs, we walked through the exhibits at the lighthouse keeper's house which showed us how the lighthouse keeper's family would have lived, as well as the challenges they faced.
Written January 1, 2021
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John H
Glen Saint Mary, FL87 contributions
What an awesome view from the top of the lighthouse. I really enjoyed the displays in the keepers home and never imagined how hard that job was. Much respect for the keepers and their family’s. I’d highly recommend this. We bought a combo ticket that also allowed us entrance to the WW2 museum at the old UGCG station. Which was also a great experience.
Written March 24, 2021
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Road Trippin Xie
Pittsburgh, PA539 contributions
Family
We’ve never been in a lighthouse so this was neat. Free parking. There wasn’t really anyone else there. Admission is $12/adult & $6/kids ages 6 & older. It was kind of pricey for this experience imo. Starts off with a movie about the history. My kids had a hard time sitting still so we didn’t stay long for that. We made our way next door to the museum. Lots of interesting facts & liked the rooms with the virtual tablets. The lighthouse was what the kids were most excited about. 129 steps up with a rest platform & window every 20 steps. Beautiful view at the top. We spent maybe 30 minutes here total. Probably a one time visit for us because of the cost.
Written March 21, 2020
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FLskibear
Florida139 contributions
Couples
The Keepers house has many artifacts and history of the lighthouse and surrounding area. There are 129 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The steps are wide and solid (you cannot see through the steps). Beautiful view of the area once you reach the top. Very nice lady working in the museum gave lots of information about the house and lighthouse.
Written May 22, 2022
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Charles Y
Atlanta, GA697 contributions
This is much more than just the lighthouse. It also includes a very nice gift store, small movie theater (for a video of the history), some history on the G7 or G8 meeting that took place in the area, the light keeper's house, and of course the lighthouse. The museum is within the house and has many interesting items plus some of the rooms have been restored.
The lighthouse is a long walk up, but once outside it provides great views. Look for dolphins - they're all over!
Written July 13, 2022
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FLGIRL
The Villages, FL458 contributions
Worth the $12 to go see the keeper’s house, hear about the history in the small theater which runs like every 12 minutes, as well as the approximate 120 steps up to the top of the lighthouse. The gift shop is free to go into and has very nice things. Clean, friendly employees, and well worth the visit.
Written June 12, 2022
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owens604
Pooler, GA103 contributions
Family
Loved this museum, very informative with a history timeline with displays that tells the story of the lighthouse on the first floor. The second floor gives you a glimpse of how the the lighthouse keeper and their families lived.

The view at the top of the lighthouse is definitely worth the climb up the 129 steps. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Take the time to visit this local treasure, you won't be disappointed.
Written August 30, 2020
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Tracy
7 contributions
Blessed to climb the lighthouse. Enjoyed the views from above. Also the friendly attendant at the museum below. She was very helpful and full of information. The museum was very interesting as well, to glimpse into the life of the lighthouse keeper really made the experience. Will be back again to bring my grands to climb the tower. No restrictions on height or age as with towers in Florida!
Written September 18, 2021
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  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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