Now celebrating our 41st year of operation!

October 30, 2014: The Old Lighthouse Museum has announced additional open hours. Due to being closed during the installation of the new lantern tower, the Old Lighthouse Museum will be open through Saturday, November 15th instead of the usual end of the season being October 31st. Admission $5 age 14 and over, $2 under age 14, and preschool free. Take a trip up the stairs to visit the new lantern tower! Open 1-4 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. Open for First Fridays 5-8 PM. No admission on First Friday evenings.

Additional hours in December will be announced.

Throughout 2014 we have a featured exhibit on the Michigan City Fire Department. Included is a variety of historic and contemporary gear used by our fire fighters.

Fire Fighter Gear

The Michigan City Historical Society hopes that you will visit with us at the Old Lighthouse Museum, the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana.

The collection is available for researchers and Michigan City Historical Society members by request.

The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday,  from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Self-guided and audio tours as well as docent-led tours are available. The last tour each day begins at 3:30 PM Central Time. Call the museum at (219) 872-6133 to check on special hours, closings, or to book tours. Strollers are not allowed in the museum.

We are also open each month as part of the Michigan City Uptown Arts District First Friday events. On those evenings we are open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, free of charge.

* Tour the historic 1858 Michigan City Lighthouse and climb the tower into the lantern room.

* Learn about the three Michigan City Lighthouses.

* See an exhibit about Miss Harriet Colfax, Michigan City Lighthouse Keeper from 1861 until 1904. She was a cousin of Schuyler Colfax, U.S. Grant's Vice President.

* See a collection of beautiful ship models that we now have on loan.

* See a new display of running lights from the ship, Showboat. The Showboat housed a theater in which the play Tobacco Road was performed.

* See exhibits about Lake Michigan shipwrecks, including a collection of picture postcards commemorating the Eastland Disaster, the tragic sinking of a steamship bound for Michigan City's Washington Park from Chicago in 1915.

* Learn about Abraham Lincoln's funeral train and its stop in Michigan City.

* Learn about local maritime history and the ships that have sailed in and out of our harbor.

* Learn a bit about the history of Michigan City, Indiana.

* Visit our gift shop and browse our fine selection of books, postcards, clothing, souvenirs, and Harbour Lights and Spoontiques lighthouse figurines.

The Old Lighthouse Museum
Michigan City Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 512
Michigan City, IN 46361
(219) 872-6133
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Updated May 18, 2014

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