Montauk Point Lighthouse: Guiding Lights

Located on the easternmost point of Long Island, Montauk Point was the first lighthouse built in the state of New York and operates as a museum today.

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is located next to Montauk Point State Park, at the easternmost point of Long Island. Montauk Point was the first lighthouse built in the state of New York, and was the first public works project of the new United States.

The lighthouse is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012, Montauk Point Lighthouse was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Today, the lighthouse is a privately run museum.

Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum

The museum, which is located in the 1860 Keepers’ house, displays an assortment of many historical documents, and photographs.

The Museum Parlor features a display case containing two historical documents. One is signed by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and is the Congressional authorization, approved by President George Washington in 1792, to construct a lighthouse at Montauk Point. The second, signed by President George Washington in 1796, authorized the federal purchase of land from the Montauk Proprietors for the purpose of building a lighthouse at Montauk Point.

The Gilmartin Galleries is home to an exhibit to whaling industry artifacts from the 19th century.

2019 Hours of Operation

July 1 – August 30
Daily: 10:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Saturdays and Sundays in July & August until 7:00 P.M.

August 31 – September 2 Labor Day Weekend
Sat & Sun: 10:30 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Monday: 10:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

September 3 – October 7
Daily: 10:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

October 11 – October 27
Mon, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

November 2 – November 23
Weekends Only 10:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

November 30 – December 1 
Saturday: 10:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.


Adults – $12
Seniors – $8
Children – $5


There is an $8 fee to park in the Montauk Point State Park parking lot from 8:00am to 4:00pm. There is no charge for parking after 4:00pm.

Monday through Friday there is free parking for Senior Citizens (62 and older) holding a New York State Driver’s License.

“Breathtaking views of the Atlantic. It is such an iconic landmark and I believe one of the top lighthouses in America. A must see when in the area.”

—Alangon, TripAdvisor

Take Amtrak to Montauk Point Lighthouse

Experience Montauk Point Lighthouse via Amtrak to Penn Station—Don’t forget to use Amtrak’s See New York and Save 15% discount! Transfer from Amtrak to Long Island Rail Road via the Garden City, Mineola or Westbury Long Island stations.

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