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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


You can enjoy a SUNSET and full Moonrise from the most unique perspective of all...
Atop the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse!
Saturday, August 29th - 7:45 PM
This special event starts with a vineyard toast and light hors d'oeuvres ( provided by the Historical Society ). Guests will then tour the Keeper's House at night and have the opportunity to climb the lighthouse tower. Enthusiastic volunteer guides will share their tales and experiences at the lighthouse.
Reservations are required and space is limited to 18 people. Tickets are $15 each and will be used for preservation projects. Tickets will be sold at the lighthouse during museum hours or may be reserved by calling (440) 354-4825 on Tuesday afternoons from l-4pm.

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.

Open for the Season May 23, 2015

June 5th Dual Lighthouses Private Tour
July 1st - 5th Fairport Harbor Mardi Gras (extended hours)
July 11th - 12th Tall Ship Madeline Visit & Harborfest
August 29th Sunset / Full Moon Tour
October 27th Ghost Stories - Evening Tour
November 10th Edmund Fitzgerald Anniversary Tribute
December 5th Harbor Holidays & Grinch Visit at Lighthouse    

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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