Friday, May 20, 2016

New Hours for 2016 and FIVE new rooms in the 1870 Lighthouse!

Welcome to The Lighthouses at Presque Isle, Michigan!
Enjoy the romance of lighthouse life as you explore our two lighthouses and museums...

Days and Hours of Operation 2016
Old and New Lighthouses,
Gift Shop:

Tour Operators call:
Memorial Day Weekend — Open May 26 - May 30 10 AM to 5 PM
June -- Open Thursday through Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
July and August -- Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, open July 4 10 AM to 5 PM
September -- Open Thursday to Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, open Labor Day 10 AM to 5 PM
October — Open Friday to Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM, From October 1 to the 16th
Last Day for the season on October 16!Lake Huron Discovery Tour  — October 7-10 Details when available.
1905 Keeper’s House Museum:Memorial Day to Labor Day  — Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Closed Monday.
Open at other times by special arrangement for tour groups. Call
Presque Isle Harbor Range Light Park:All Year: Open Dawn to Dusk.

  • Old Presque Isle Lighthouse (1840)  in its 176th Year!
  • New Presque Isle Lighthouse (1870)
  • Third Order Fresnel Lens (1870)
  • Keeper’s House Museum (1905) in its 111th year!
  • Presque Isle Harbor Range Light (1870)

For lighthouse lovers, Presque Isle is a must-see stop in Northern Michigan.  Our 1870 Lighthouse is the tallest light on the Great Lakes that the public may climb.  Our 1840 Lighthouse is one of the oldest lights on the Great Lakes.  And our 1870 Harbor Range Light honors the small, dedicated group of women who were appointed keepers in a profession dominated by men.

For Lighthouse Passport holders, we now have three stamps.  The Old Lighthouse stamp is at the Old Light.  The New Lighthouse and Range Light stamps are at the New Light Gift Shop.

Presque Isle is French for peninsula, literally "almost an island."  Maine, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin all have towns named Presque Isle (rhymes with "smile").  Michigan's Upper Peninsula has a Presque Isle Point near Marquette and a Presque Isle River in the Porcupine Mountains.  However, our Presque Isle (note that we retain the original French pronunciation — "presk eel") is located in Northeastern Lower Michigan, on Lake Huron's beautiful Sunrise Shore, east of US-23 between Alpena and Rogers City.  We are just 80 minutes from Exit 310 on I-75.  Easy to find!  Hard to leave!

Point your car, RV, boat or bicycle toward
the Lighthouses at Presque Isle, Michigan!
You'll discover a little piece of heaven!

Friday, April 22, 2016

New Hours set for the 1905 House Museum - 2016

Hours for the 1905 House Museum this year will be:

Memorial weekend (Saturday and Sunday) we OPEN for the season, and close after Labor Day weekend (Sunday) with hours of operation Tuesday-Saturday 11-4 and Sundays 12-4, closed Mondays.

If you have any questions please email us at:
Hours for the Lighthouses are not formally set yet, and soon as they are, we will post them here.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas at the 1905 Museum - And how these events happen

How Things Happen at the 1905 Museum

When you visit the 1905 House Museum at the New Presque Isle Lighthouse and notice something has been changed, for the Christmas event the other day for instance, do you wonder how it happens? Do you wonder who makes it happen? Well it is the volunteers of the Presque Isle Township Museum Society (PITMS) who make these displays happen. 

Of course, Presque Isle Township, through The Parks and Recreation Department own the buildings and grounds, and have and are spending time, effort, and money to maintain them for all of us. But it is PITMS volunteers who do the work, collect donations of artifacts, purchase artifacts, and maintain many of the displays you see. Primarily the artifacts are in the 1905 House, but they are also in both the Lights as well. Next year we will, through an arrangement with the Township, be refurbishing four new rooms with artifacts at the New Presque Isle Lighthouse that were formally used by the Gift Shop.

By becoming a member of PITMS you support all of our efforts. We encourage you to join us, and to subscribe to our email newsletters on our website: If you wish to volunteer in any of efforts please email us at:

Below are are few of the many displays recently decorated at the 1905 House by PITMS.

Please have a Happy Holiday!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A wonderful Christmas celebration at the New Presque Isle Lighthouse today! The Presque Isle Township Parks Department had Sleigh Rides, Crafts for Kids, and Santa Claus in person. The Presque Isle Museum Society (PITMS) had the entire 1905 House Museum decorated for the holidays. Speical Thanks to Netta's in Posen for donating the pine bows and other decorations. The house looked much like it did for the first Christmas.

Both the Lighthouse and the Museum looked wonderful!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A wonderful Member Donation to PITMS!

Our Members are the KEY to our Success!

Recently PITMS received a generous and timely donation from Jackie and Eaman Power. They had collected artifacts from the area, including bottles they recovered from Thompsons Harbor and the Grand Lake area over the years. Most of these bottles and utensils date from the early 1900's. Since we are planning on restoring the kitchen area of the 1870 Lighthouse this gift is perfectly timed.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Celebration

at the
New Presque Isle Lighthouse

December 5th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

There will be Sleigh Rides, Cookie Decorating, 
Hot Chocolate, Coloring Pages, and a Keepsake 
Photo of your visit with Santa! 

The 1905 House will be open and decorated for the season.