St. Simons Lighthouse Museum

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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  • MGQ
    Buffalo, New York521 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Good Climb
    If you love lighthouses like I do, this one is easy to find and you can climb it. There is a museum as well and a gift shop with some lovely pieces in it. The lighthouse is located near the pier on St. Simon's Island in the "downtown" area near all the shops and restaurants and the welcome center. You can tour the lightkeeper's house as well. There are about 134 steps, I think, and the view is lovely.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • momE1
    Front Royal, Virginia337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit
    This is a really well done exhibit in the lighthouse keeper's home, and then you can also climb the stairs to the walkway at the top of the lighthouse. It's still an active lighthouse and the light can be seen 23 miles out. Cargo carriers coming into the Port of Brunswick give a horn salute every time they pass the lighthouse. And a LOVELY gift shop too. Well worth the visit. Veterans/active duty military get a discount.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 2, 2024
  • Dean S
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty good museum, Great view
    Although the museum itself was quite small, it was jam packed with lots of history, science, and the lifestyle of light keepers throughout the years. There was a very knowledgeable guide who was sitting in the light keepers old home, he was very kind and easy to talk to. He gave a lot of context to things regarding saint simons island history and even history of that museum. I will warn you though that the steps up the lighthouse were a lot, not a hard walk because of the number of steps alone but mostly because of how stuffy it felt and how small the steps are. For me it was so rewarding to get to the top and get a beautiful view of the pier from above and it gave me an insight to the light keepers duties but still keep that in mind if walking in tight spaces or heights bother you! Overall really good just smaller than most museums for what you pay so 4/5
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 21, 2024
  • MichaelsFood
    Greenwich, New York315 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very lovely lighthouse with excellent history.
    History made fun! This is an original lighthouse complete with 129 steps to climb just like the lighthouse keeper used to do before the advent of electricity. Views from the top are amazing and the keeper's residence gives a good feel of what life was like for the keeper and his family. Be sure to get the combo ticket to also visit the World War II Museum 3/4 mile down the road. :-)
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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Rebecca L
Atlanta, GA1,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
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, FL96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
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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Noel78
Tennessee616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As part of a dual ticket with the Home Front Museum in the old Coast Guard Station, we purchased entry to this 19th century lighthouse. The lighthouse is still in use, and visitors are invited to climb the 120+ steps to the top where a lovely 360 view awaits. In the light keeper’s house, there are two floors of interesting, sometimes interactive displays about lights and lighthouses and specific history relating to the St. Simons Island lighthouse. Nearby in the archives building, there is a gift shop and public bathrooms. Recommended.
Written January 28, 2020
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owens604
Pooler, GA101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • 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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Viajes666
Miami Springs, FL62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
I love lighthouses. They give you a glimpse of the past and water views from the top. The museum is well maintained and the staff is friendly. Between the museum, gift shop and lighthouse, we took about an hour to explore and learn.
Written July 7, 2020
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Karenina
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
The St. Simons Lighthouse is worth visiting. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and footwear as your visit will involve a climb to the top (almost) of the lighthouse. The grounds are pretty and well kept, and the museum itself is organized with thoughtfully presented material and artifacts. You’ll be afforded wonderful views of the island and the sea as you ascend the steps inside the lighthouse.
Written March 10, 2020
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Carol H
Orlando, FL68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was a great little museum showing how the keepers lived in the 1800's, and also the story of the engineering and construction of the lighthouse. We climbed the lighthouse for a wonderful view of the town and marshes. The light is still in use, but now run by computers.
Written February 11, 2020
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UF_RX_1999
Orlando, FL207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We didn't spend much time in the museum (small child) but it was interesting to see the old living quarters and then climb up to the top of the lighthouse. Definitely worthwhile if you're visiting SSI. I think our total visit was less than an hour. Short walk to the pier, downtown area and other local attractions.
Written March 20, 2021
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travelingpenguin12
Lexington, SC249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We visited the Golden Isles this weekend, and being a lighthouse fan, had to come here! We got the combo ticket with the WW2 Museum, which is only a few minutes away. Anyway, the lighthouse keepers house is a museum and we were able to go to the top of the lighthouse. Even though I have a phobia of heights (that developed in my 20s), I was able to climb up - hey, it’s half the height and half the stairs as Cape Hatteras, which I climbed a few years ago, so that’s how I convinced myself I could do it! However I at the top I just looked out from the doorway (I stayed inside). Also the lighthouse was decorated for Christmas! Anyway friendly staff/volunteers and well worth the visit!
Written December 14, 2020
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Derek Faust
Durham, NC21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The views from a lighthouse are always great, and this was no exception. After seeing the view in the light house, there are a few rooms of exhibits showcasing the history and what the life of a lighthouse keeper would be like. They're good and informational, but basically on-par with my expectations.
Written April 24, 2021
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