Lighthouse Museum & Gift Shop Hours
May - October
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Noon - 4:00 pm
The lighthouse is closed to the public from
December through April, but the park, beach
and trails are open year around!
First floor of museum FREE, to experience the stair
climb to the top and see the views, there is a small fee
$4.00 per adult
$2.00 per children 12 & under
5 & under FREE
(parking is always FREE)
*All proceeds from admissions benefit the Mission Point Lighthouse and its preservation, restoration, and interpretation.
The lighthouse is open to the public for self-guided tours, browsing the gift shop, or a friendly hello to our Lighthouse Keepers. Don’t forget to sign the guestbook! We track where visitors are from and for 2016 season more than 35,000 visitors signed the guestbook, 1233 were from foreign countries, 64 foreign countries were represented.
There is no fee to tour the first floor of the lighthouse museum or browse the gift shop. Please come in to learn about our history, as well as our current and future operations. The lighthouse does not sell beverages or food and has NO public toilet facilities inside, however the park grounds has two outdoor toilets.
Mission Point Lighthouse is located at the end of Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City. Follow M-37 North until it reaches the northernmost point. At this point you will reach the 45th parallel and Mission Point Lighthouse.
(Be sure to read the Testimonials tab, on this website.)
Address to the lighthouse (not for mailing purposes)
20500 Center Road, Traverse City MI, 49686.
We look forward to seeing you!
Other local information for visitors:
For an audio tour provided by the Old Mission Historical Society, just call 231-354-7550 and then enter the extension for the location where you are:
Hessler Log Cabin Dial 11
Mission Point Lighthouse - 12
Haserot Beach - 10
Old Mission Inn - 30
Dougherty Home - 21
Dougherty Ice House - 22
Dougherty Privy - 23
Rushmore Privy Artifacts - 24
Replica Indian Church - The Mission - 25
Events include Log Cabin Day, June 25, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The Hessler Log Cabin in lighthouse park and the Mission Point Lighthouse, as well as the
Dougherty Mission House, will be open for viewing and tours. Exhibitors will be recreating crafts from the nineteenth century at each location, and some refreshments will be available.
On August 5, there will be a Peter Dougherty Summer Fundraiser at the pavilion in Bowers Harbor Park. Picnic food will be catered by Folgarelli's, with beer and wine available included, and an all-girl band will perform.
A silent auction will be available at the site.