The Light Station Store, Indoor Museum and Outdoor Museum  are open to the public as of April 2, 2021! 

Tower Tours are available daily.

All guests 12 years and older are required to pay the Site Visit Fee of $5 per person for admission to the Light Station StoreFog Signal Building Museum and 23 acre Outdoor Museum.  Tower Tours are available to guests 6 years and older for an additional fee of $5.  Tours will be conducted approximately every 20 minutes, with the first Tour starting around 10:15 a.m.  The last Tour will be presented around 3 p.m.   

We have also resumed our Full Moon Night Tours!  Night Tours  are scheduled on the Saturday closest to every full moon if it doesn’t fall on a Saturday.  Individual tickets are $50 each.    Click on this Night Tour link for information on the tours and how to make a reservation.

Masks are optional for all guests while in the Tower.

Our Outdoor Museum features a self-guided tour map and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. the rest of the year.  The Light Station Store features a wide range of merchandise surrounded by informative and fascinating displays of the three lighthouses that have been on the Station, shipwrecks, local history, the technology of the lens and Mercury Bath and Drive system and many other decorations.  The centerpiece of the Indoor Museum is the original 1908 1st Order Fresnel lens that was relocated from the Tower during the 2008 – 2010 renovation. The Outdoor Museum offers visitors several historical, geological, artistic and unique features throughout the 23 acre Light Station grounds.

We also offer special group rates for tours of the Indoor Museum and Outdoor Museum if you want to include a stop at the Light Station as part of a visit to the spectacular Mendocino coast.  For more information on our group rates, please contact us at 877-725-4448, ext. 1 or by e-mail at

Point Arena Lighthouse 1870

Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Carpenter Shop (present day)

* The Pigeon Point Lighthouse equals the height of the Point Arena Lighthouse, but is not open to the public for a “climb to the top.” The original Point Arena Lighthouse was the twin of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, but it was irreparably damaged in the 1906 earthquake and replaced by the current tower that was completed in 1908.

U. S. Lighthouse Society Virtual Tour

The United States Lighthouse Society coordinated a Zoom presentation where Point Arena Lighthouse Executive Director Mark Hancock gave a virtual tour of the historic Point Arena Light Station’s Indoor Museum and iconic Lighthouse Tower.   This virtual tour is made possible by the amazing 360 degree camera work of Michael Chandler of Third Eye Visuals, who “drove” the tour while Mark presented the fascinating history and technology of the Point Arena Light Station.  You can view the YouTube video of this virtual tour by clicking on the image to the left.

Light Station Virtual Tours

To give you a taste of what it is like to climb the tallest Lighthouse on the Pacific coast our Tour Guide Mike Chandler created an amazing 3-D tour of the Tower from the ground floor to the Lantern Room at the top.  Click on the Play button to climb to the top of the Tower from the entry, or click on the Explore 3D Space icon to click into any spot in the Tower and be taken there instantly.  Mike is the owner of Third Eye Visuals, a photography and video company that utilizes cutting edge photography techniques and technology to capture and display the any event or location in this most unique way.  Our thanks to Mike for creating this unique way for you to virtually explore the Lighthouse!

See also the Indoor Museum Tour and the combination Indoor Museum and Tower Tour Mike created below.

Lighthouse Tower Virtual Tour

Lighthouse Indoor Museum and Tower Virtual Tour


Lighthouse Indoor Museum Virtual Tour


Smoky Skies from the Lighthouse Tower Lantern Room

Our creative 360 degree photographer Mike Chandler has also created a panoramic view of the eerie red/orange sky caused by smoke from the horrific California wildfires.  Our thanks to Mike for creating this way for you to see what the view would be like from the Tower !

View from the Point Arena Lighthouse 9/9/2020 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA