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


In addition to being a prime whale watching spot, the Whale Watch room off of the main Museum area offers guests beautiful and educational displays:

  • Replica Killer Whale and Harbor Porpoise skulls
  • Marine mammal skulls
  • Posters of North Coast marine life and Whales of the World
  • Display of shark, whale and elephant seal teeth and tusks
  • Abalone shell display
  • Display of 150th Anniversary Logo Contest entries and winning design

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.