Port Washington Historical Society


Visit Our Museums


1860 Light Station

Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Port Washington’s lights have guided mariners traversing the oft-times treacherous waters of Lake Michigan to the safety of our harbor. In 1849, a light tower was erected on top the north bluff overlooking downtown. Re-built in 1860, our historic light station includes the lighthouse with lantern room atop the modified school house design and keeper’s living quarters. The highlight of every tour is the climb to the lantern room, featuring our replica 4th order Fresnel lens and fabulous views.


Exhibits at the 1860 Light Station


About the 1860 Light Station

Memorial Day until October 13, 2019
Friday - Sunday - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Closed Saturday October 5, 2019
Adults - $5
Children 5 – 17 - $2
Children Under 4 - Free

Joint admission to the Port Exploreum and the 1860 Light Station:
Adult - $8.00
Child (5 - 17) - $3.00
Children Under 4 - Free

Senior and Military Discounts
All Port Washington Historical Society members receive free admission
Mailing Address:
  • Port Washington Historical Society
  • P.O. Box 491
  • Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-284-2406