The Old Lighthouse Museum is canceling the Docent meeting for March 28,2020. We also most likely will not be opening on April 1st due to Corona Virus concerns. Wish everyone to keep healthy and not to take risks. We will inform everyone when the opening will take place. Thank you for your patience.

Karen office manager Old Lighthouse Museum

The Old Lighthouse Museum has limited copies of the "Eastland Chicago's Deadliest Day" DVD for purchase. The cost is $21 + shipping and handling, if you are interested in purchasing please call (219) 872-6133.

See Plan Your Visit or Event page for special happenings.

New Matt Warner 2020 calendar available at Burn'em Brewery and from Matt (312-343-2972). The Museum receives a 20% donation for each one sold.

Admission $5 age 14 and over, $2 under age 14, and preschool free. Take a trip up the stairs to visit the lantern tower!

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 for Holidays, 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.


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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 July 03, 2020

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