20150929_142742The iconic 115’ tall Lighthouse Tower – tallest on the Pacific coast* – will sadly have to remain closed during the State and County Health Order periods which do not allow public access to indoor museums.  Its tight dimensions in the Watch Room and Lantern Room and confined spiral staircase make it difficult to enforce social distancing and disinfection/sanitizing for each tour. We will revisit this as the State and County Health Orders continue to be revised, but the health and safety of our guests and staff will always take precedence.

Our Outdoor Museum features a self-guided tour map and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  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 Light Station Store 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 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 info.palight@gmail.com.

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.

Lighthouse Tower Virtual Tour

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 this 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!