Lighthouse Museum & Gift Shop Hours
First floor of museum FREE, to experience the 2nd Floor museum and stair climb to the top to see the views, there is a small fee:
Lighthouse Park has a free public parking lot - follow signs. All buses and motorhomes must park on the road/M-37, - NO ENTRY into the parking lot. No parking for any vehicles on the loop at the end of M-37. Overflow parking from the lot is on M-37.
Our parking lot has handicap visitors' parking and a paved sidewalk to the lighthouse. Outside toilet closest to the lighthouse is for handicap individuals. The lighthouse is not handicap accessible inside and can not accommodate a folding wheelchair, stroller or walker. First floor museum of the lighthouse is very small.
Three other historical buildings on Old Mission Peninsula are Hessler Log Cabin (at Lighthouse Park), Dougherty Mission House and Log Church. These three are maintained by volunteers from the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society and owned by Peninsula Township. Visit the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society website.
Drones are allowed at lighthouse park but you cannot disturb other visitors and it must be at least 60 ft away from the lighthouse and all buildings.
The lighthouse is open to the public for self-guided tours for a small fee, 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 2019 season more than 53,000 visitors signed the guestbook, 1,857 were from foreign countries, 83 foreign countries were represented.
For the first floor of the lighthouse museum, there is no fee to tour or browse the gift shop. Please come in to learn about our history, as well as meet the keepers. Sign the guest book to add your number to the count for next year. Pay in the gift shop for the self-guided tour. The lighthouse does not sell beverages or food and has NO indoor public toilets, however the park grounds has two outdoor toilets (more in the summer months).
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.
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Address to the lighthouse (not for mailing purposes)
20500 Center Road, Traverse City MI, 49686.
We look forward to seeing you!
Audio Tour for Visitors
For an audio tour provided by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, just call 231-354-7550 and then enter the extension for the location where you are: