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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.

The door on the rear west side of the Light Station is an accessible entrance to the first floor museum. 


1860 Lighthouse and Light Station Museum


Saturday, May 27th through Sunday, September 3rd 

Saturdays and Sundays

11:30am - 4pm




Adults - $5
Children 6 – 17 - $2

Children Under 5- Free

Touring the Lighthouse Museum - all ages.

Children must be at least 6 years old 

to climb the tower.  


Purchase A Timed Entry Ticket

All Port Washington Historical Society members receive free admission.


Students $3.00

Teachers and Chaperones: Free

We ask that you have one teacher or support staff per 6 students. `

Bus Parking 

Please have your bus pull up in front of the Light Station to unload and load students. There are parking lots around town where your bus can park while the students are touring the LS.


311 Johnson St

Port Washington, WI 53074



Volunteers are essential to our success! Our guides share a wide variety of abilities, skills, and interests.  No prior experiences or knowledge of lighthouses is necessary.


For additional information contact us at: or

call 262-268-9150. 


Thank you for your interest in learning how you can be a part of our mission.


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Panoramic view from tower


The Light On The House At The Top Of The Stairs

Available now through the Port Washington Historical Society.


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