American Alliance of Museums Accreditation

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Last year, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum sent in an application to become an accredited museum with the American Alliance of Museums.

Our Museum is working toward accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums.

The AAM has brought museums together for over a hundred years. They have assisted with the development of standards and best practices, gathering and sharing of knowledge, as well as been a catalyst for museum advocacy.

Being an accredited AAM museum is national recognition of your museum’s commitment to excellence and highest professional standards with regards to museum operation and public service.

In the United States, accreditation is one of the highest honors a museum can receive, and only around 1,000 museums are accredited.  Additionally, accreditation provides access to more resources to better serve the public trust through our mission to preserve the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port. Continue reading

Enlightened: Episode 1, Part 3


Join us in this edition of Enlightened! as we continue our look into the history and science behind the Fresnel lens. In this installment, we will talk a little more about French scientist Augustin Fresnel and how his incredible invention shaped lighthouses forever!

Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel for future episodes of Enlightened!, a Nation’s Oldest Port educational program. 

V.I.P. Lighthouse Tours


The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is pleased to offer a variety of private tours and exclusive experiences. Whether you’re searching for ghosts, bringing a group, or looking to enjoy an exclusive experience with some of the best views in town, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is guaranteed to provide you with an unforgettable and unique experience.

Sunset/Moonrise Tour


The Sunset/Moonrise Tour is hosted once a month (starting times vary from month to month) and gives you the chance to experience some of St. Augustine’s most breath taking views during the setting of the sun and the rising of the moon from the top of our Lighthouse Tower Station. While enjoying the spectacular views and the peaceful transition from night to day, complimentary champagne from the San Sebastian Winery and hor d’oeuvres from the Reef Restaurant will be served atop the tower.

With a maximum of 32 people per tour, space is limited. This is an extremely popular tour that should be booked in advance. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased online or can be purchased over the phone: 904-829-0745.

Private Lens Room Tour


While general admission will only allow you to view the St. Augustine Lighthouse’s original 1874 first order Fresnel Lens from an observation window from below the Lens Room. This exclusive and VIP tour will give you an up-close look at our intricately designed engineering marvel that lights up the St. Augustine sky.

The lens itself is over nine feet tall, weighs over two tons, and is comprised of over 370 hand cut glass prisms. This private tour is hosted during the morning hours and gives you exclusive access to the Lighthouse Tower allowing you to enjoy the views and climb with no one else around. This tour is the only way to gain access and an up-close look inside the Lens Room making this the perfect tour for those engineering enthusiasts who are looking to get a closer look at our first order Fresnel lens. The private Lens Room tour would also make for a unique and unforgettable proposal.

This private experience can only be booked for the early morning hours and includes a light continental breakfast. This exclusive experience is $500 per person, and can be booked over the phone: (904) 829-0745

Private Ghost Tours


Having been featured on Ghost Hunters (TAPS), Fox News, Parade Magazine, The Weather Channel, and many more, the St. Augustine Lighthouse is considered to be a very active haunted location in St. Augustine.

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, this exclusive tour will test your courage as you are guided through the grounds of the 1874 Lighthouse Tower and the 1876 Keepers House and told the true, but chilling stories of the St. Augustine Lighthouse in the dark of the night. This is the perfect tour for birthday celebrations, family reunions, and other groups that are looking to conduct their own private paranormal investigations at our haunted light station and grounds. Private ghost tours are available to groups of all sizes, this hour and a half long private tour will give you an up-close and in depth look around/inside the Lighthouse Tower & Keepers House once the sun goes down and the ghosts come out.

Private ghost tours are available for groups of all sizes and each tour can be customized to fit the groups needs. Our standard private ghost tour starts at $500 per group, this includes an hour and a half long guided tour. If interested, additional time may be added to the tour & overnight excursions are available as well. Private ghost tours can be booked over the phone and should be booked in advance at (904) 829-0745.

Thomas Matthews Anderson is a senior at Flagler College majoring in Strategic Communication with minors in Advertising and Communication Media. He is originally from Tarboro, North Carolina, and is interning with the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum for the Spring 2017 semester.

Enlightened: Episode 1, Part 2


Did you know the U.S. Lighthouse Service initially declined the use of Fresnel lenses?

In part two of our first episode of Enlightened! (click here if you haven’t seen it yet!), find out why the federal government refused to utilize these revolutionary new lenses even after they were adopted throughout much of Europe.

Enlightened! is a St. Augustine Lighthouse educational program designed to serve our mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of our Nation’s Oldest Port as symbolized by our working St. Augustine Lighthouse.