Exterior view of Portland Head Light.

Portland Head Light

Cape Elizabeth, Maine | United States

About the Museum

Portland Head Light is a popular landmark in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, situated along the shores of Fort Williams Park. Founded in 1992, the Museum at Portland Head Light is contained within the former Keepers' Quarters. The award-winning Museum contains a number of lighthouse lenses and interpretative displays. Also on the site is a seasonal shop featuring lighthouse and Maine related gifts.

The history of Portland Head Light is told through exhibits displaying artifacts and documents, navigational aids, Fresnel lenses, models and photographs. A historical time line will guide visitors through the museum beginning with the origin of the lighthouse and the lives of the keepers, technology changes over the course of 200 years, the military activities at Fort Williams and ending with the decommissioning and automation of Portland Head Light in 1989. The adjacent ninety acre Fort Williams Park offers picnic facilities, hiking opportunities, sports and recreation areas, historic fort structures, and unlimited ocean views.

(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

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