The Point Arena Light Station Indoor Museum is housed in the historic Fog Signal Building. Built in 1896, the Fog Signal Building is the oldest structure on the Lighthouse property and also contains the Light Station Store. Restored as part of the major renovation project in 2008 to 2010, the Museum was completely redesigned so that its centerpiece, the original 1908 1st Order Fresnel lens that was removed from the Tower in 2008, would be surrounded by a fascinating display of Lighthouse history and artifacts. The Museum includes a fascinating array of well researched and informative displays that inform guests of a wide variety of both Lighthouse and area facts, including:

  • The 1st Order Fresnel lens
  • Operating VRB-25 Lens
  • The mercury bath and drive
  • The original Lighthouse
  • Point Arena area history, including the 1906 earthquake and its affect on both Point Arena and the Lighthouse
  • Construction of the current Lighthouse
  • Maritime history and shipwrecks of the coast
  • Foghorn history and equipment display
  • The Lighthouse Keepers and their families
  • Renovation of the Fog Signal Building and Lighthouse Tower 2008 – 2010
  • Ongoing video show about the Lighthouse
  • Historic Friendship Quilt
  • Hollywood at the Lighthouse


Whale Watch Room Gallery

The Whale Watch Room Gallery is off of the main Museum area and features a rotating art exhibit of works by local artists.  The exhibiting artist changes about every 3 months. 

Whale Watch Room Gallery Exhibit by Sandra Martinez Regan

On display from August 27 through November 27

The current Whale Watch Room Gallery exhibit artist is Irish Beach’s Sandra Martinez Regan.   Sandra is a painter, art photographer, and philatelic artist from California. For this exhibit Regan will be showcasing a variety of original acrylic pour paintings, nature photography from Mendocino County, and some nature paintings in acrylic paint. She is proud to represent the community of Irish Beach, which she calls home, and hopes that you will be inspired by her art.

Sandra was born and raised in San Francisco and lives in Irish Beach in Mendocino County. She finds great joy in her photography and is inspired by the works of Frida Kahlo, Vivian Maier, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and her father, the late Santa Fe NM muralist Ross Martinez. She can be found with her Nikon D5200 camera in hand in the community being inspired by nature, the movement and textures of hands, the moon, US veterans and military, the beauty of everyday things and everyday people, and her many traveling adventures both in Northern California and Europe. She also enjoys experimenting with paintings and photography.

The exhibit will remain on display through November 27. For more information please contact the Lighthouse at 707-882-2809, ext. 1.

Point Arena Light Station Whale Watch Room Gallery Exhibits

Request for Artist Proposals

The Whale Watch Room (WWR) has been configured as a gallery exhibit space that is intended to host art installations that will periodically change throughout the year.   Please visit our Whale Watch Room Gallery Exhibit Proposals page for details and a Proposal Form.