Fairport Harbor Marine Museum and Lighthouse
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The Fairport Harbor
Marine Museum and Lighthouse

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


News5 features the Fairport Harbor Lighthouse as a
"Hidden Gem"



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
email - keeper@fairportharborlighthouse.org

Thank You for a Great 2023 Season
The lighthouse is now closed to the public and tours.
  We will reopen in late May 2024
Please visit our website in mid-April for a complete listing of 2024 events and hours

Follow our Facebook page for special events..

Additional 2023 Events -
Fairport Harbor Harbor Holidays
Saturday, December 2nd
Come see us. 12 - 6 pm.
We will have some beautiful raffle baskets. Drawing at 5 pm.

The Grinch reads
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
from the top of the tower
at 5:45pm.

While you are purchasing raffle tickets, feel free
to look around museum and gift shop. We have
some awesome gift items for the holidays.


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.......



Visitors Photo Gallery

Visit our facebook page for more pictures and updated info.


Current Newsletter


Harding Students visit the museum.
Tour by Dan Maxson

A gallery of all the Virtual Content the
National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Local Lore by Max
every Monday and Thursday
in the News-Herald Blog
Timeline of
Fairport Harbor
The Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
is part of the
Lake Erie
Coastal Ohio Trail.


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



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