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The Fairport Harbor
Marine Museum and Lighthouse

"The light that shone for 100 years"
1825 - 1925


Summer Hours

Open on
Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays & Legal Holidays
1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
From the Saturday before Memorial Day
through the 3rd Weekend in September.
Special Tours by Appointment

Northeastern Ohio
Inter-Museum Council

Harbor Holidays & 
A Day with the Grinch

The Grinch Who Did Not End Up Stealing Christmas
Saturday, December 5th

The Grinch climbs to the top of the lighthouse to read the Dr. Seuss classic tale,
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
at 5:30pm

Click here to download a pdf map
and list of events.
More than two dozen businesses, churches, and organizations participate in this Village-wide event featuring ethnic foods, arts, crafts, shopping, games and more.
From 11 AM to 4 PM, the Grinch will be on the loose “stealing” presents from participating businesses and organizations to give to Toys for Tots. Activities continue until 6 PM, when the Grinch climbs the lighthouse to read the Dr. Seuss classic tale, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Afterwards, children can pose for photos with the Grinch, Max and Santa at Veteran’s Park and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies at Fairport Harbor Congregational Church. Events are free.

The Fairport Harbor Marine Museum is the first Great Lakes Lighthouse
Marine Museum in the State of Ohio, as well as the United States.

The museum, which also has a small gift shop, is located at
129 Second St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.
For more information as to when the museum is open
call (440) 354-4825.



Admission to the Museum and Tower
Adults - $5.00
Seniors - $4.00
Ages 6-12 - $3.00

Children Under 6, FHHS Members, & Active military with I.D. are FREE

Tours Available May 1st- Nov. 1st

FHHS Tour guide fee is $20   Minimum Charge - $20.00 + $3 per person
click here for more information & forms


The museum was founded in 1945 by the Fairport Harbor Historical Society, which is devoted to preserving and perpetuating the historic tradition of Fairport Harbor and the Great Lakes area. The original lighthouse was completed in 1825. The tower stood thirty feet high, capped with an octagonal-shaped iron lantern. The lighthouse was accompanied by a two-story keeper's house.Due to deterioration the tower and keeper's house had to be replaced. Rebuilt in 1871, the tower now stands sixty feet high and has a spiral staircase of 69 steps which leads to an observation platform.In 1925 the light in the tower (a third-order Fresnel lens) was discontinued. It was replaced by a combination light and foghorn station which was built on the west breakwater pier head.

The museum houses a number of artifacts pertaining to life on the Great Lakes and other maritime exhibits. Attached to the museum is the former pilothouse from the Great Lakes carrier the "Frontenac". More info.......

More video and pictures...
Local Lore by Max every Monday and Thursday in the
News-Herald Blog


Current Map of Ships in the Harbor and Vicinity (zoom out to view the entire lake)

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