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Lightship Portsmouth Museum

 Lightship Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA - Photo by Steven Forrest


Lightships guided ships safely into harbors at night. The lightship Portsmouth built in 1915, entered and the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1916. The Portsmouth has been restored to its original condition and now stands on dry land. The museum has many artifacts, uniforms, and photographs to preserve the history of lightships.

Life Ring for Lightship Portsmouth, Photo by Steven Forrest

Basic Information

Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sundays
(Closed on Mondays)

Admission Cost: $
Students (under 18): $(discount)
Military Personnel (with active Military ID) Seniors (62 and over): $(discount)

Address: At the end of London Street on the waterfront in Portsmouth.

Phone: (757) 393-8741

Web site for more information: www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com

Helpful Information

The Lightship museum and the Portsmouth Shipyard Museum are included in the same admission charge. Parking meters on are free on Sundays.