Port Washington Historical Society

Ozaukee County, Wisconsin





1860 Light Station

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Want to be a Tour Guide at the Light Station? Membership in the Society not required. Contact us at  (262) 268-9150 or email:

The 1860 Light Station & Museum is at 311 Johnson Street in Port Washington atop St. Mary's Hill.  It has been restored and serves as a museum depicting the life of a light keep family in the 19th century. Visitors tour the living quarters and the light tower that includes a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. The former generator room has additional museum exhibits that feature historic Port Washington artifacts.


Museum season is from May through October with the hours:

Friday 12:00 - 4:00

Saturday 11:00 - 4:00  

Sundays 12:00 - 4:00


Admission: $4 adult, $1 children

Special tours: $5 adult, $2 children


Children 6 years of age and younger are not allowed to climb to the tower.  Please, no flip-flops, backless shoes or skirts when climbing the tower ladder.


The Museum is open year round for group tours by appointment.

To schedule an appointment, please call:  (262) 268-9734.  



History of the Port Washington area Light Houses

Illuminating the night sky - 4th Order Fresnel Lens

Photography by John Enright 

Light House Renovation photographs

Renovation updates from Light House Linda

Personnel who worked or lived at the Port Washington Light Station.

Contribute to the Light Station Restoration

Purchase a Commemorative Brick



The Port Washington Historical Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization