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“Small but Very Interesting”

Maine Lighthouse Museum
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Rockland
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We visited the Maine Lighthouse Museum on a rainy day. The museum shares the building with the Chamber of Commerce, so you will not necessarily be greeted upon entering. Just mosey your way around to the back, and you're bound to find the somewhat hidden entrance. Watch the movie, it was very interesting to learn about lighthouse history and the heroes who worked them. It is worth your 20 minutes or so. Take your time in the museum. They have an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia, and there were many interesting personal stories. Read the displays, and you will learn a lot.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We decided to visit on a wet afternoon to kill a couple of hours.
How lucky we were that it was raining.
They have so much to see, lots of interesting videos to watch loads of lighthouse paraphernalia.
Really nice staff.
Very good value for money, only $5 for adults.

2  Thank lynnie44
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed this museum. Very well done with lots of information and models. We've never seen another like it. Well worth your time and it was very reasonably priced. Met a former lighthouse keeper while there and bought the book he and his wife had written. It 's wonderful too!

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Reviewed 25 May 2014

For anyone interested in how lighthouses work, history of lighthouses, or lighthouse paraphernalia, this is a great place to visit! There is a lot of information here, so you could spend several hours if you wanted to go through it all. The exhibits are focused on Maine lighthouses in particular, but much of the information would be relevant to lighthouses in general.

One of the coolest things you can learn about here is how the lenses in a lighthouse work, and also see several examples of lenses of various sizes (including one over 6 feet tall!) You can also read/listen to stories of lighthouse keepers and some of the crazy things they experienced.

I would definitely recommend also visiting a lighthouse after coming to the museum so that you can appreciate what you learn at the museum.

Note: the museum is entirely self-guided and is mostly reading exhibits. There are a few videos, and the one about lenses was especially helpful. Otherwise, the museum is not very hands on. Probably not great for small children, but ok for middle-school age or older.

1  Thank J D
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We visited mid May, cold, rainy Saturday. The museum is tucked behind the gift shop. The silly lobster in photo is in the gift shop, not museum. We spent half hour in the gift shop looking at the Maine arts. The lobster is advertising the annual lobster festival.

We spent an hour or two in the museum. The staff was passionate about lighthouse history and very friendly. We learned much about lighthouse life, history, and technology - such as the grandfather clock style weights that needed to be wound by the lighthouse keeper and family, lest the bell or lights stop blinking/ringing. We learned about the cut of the Fresnel glass to make a tiny light bright enough to be seen for miles, the blinking patterns, and the rescues done for seafarers. We learned the history of the Commerce Department and the light houses. The exhibits are 'hands off' - no touching, but they have a broad collection of lights, technology, equipment, and passionate staff to tell you about sea navigation from 1700-now.

The museum is the result of a man's passion for all things light house. The entry was $5/head, and was a great way to spend a rainy vacation morning.

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