The Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum is a “must do” stop on any visit to Montauk. Lovely Second House Museum sits at the entrance to town.
MONTAUK POINT LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM
VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS: Our magnificent lighthouse provides unforgettable 360° views of Block Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. The Montauk Point Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in New York, being authorized under George Washington in 1792. Completed in 1796, it still serves as an aid to navigation. It was designated a National Historic Landmark, in recognition of the property’s national significance in the history of the United States, in 2012.
LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP
Located in the Lighthouse, the museum and the Gilmartin Galleries showcase the seafaring history of the Lighthouse, display historic documents, and offer guided tours. Open daily May 1 through Columbus Day, call for off-season times. Fees for Museum (includes access to Ocean and Surf museum): $11 Adults, $8 Seniors, and $4 Children up to 12 and at least 41” tall; Children under 41” free, but they can’t go up the tower. New York State Parking fee: $8
MONTAUK OCEANS INSTITUTE AND SURF MUSEUM
An exploration of Montauk surfing history and culture alongside an educational primer on marine science, oceanography and physical science. Located adjacent to the lighthouse in the fog signal building. Fees for Museum (includes access to Lighthouse Museum): $11 Adults, $8 Seniors, and $4 Children up to 12.
SECOND HOUSE MUSEUM
First House is long gone, but like Third House, Second House is a 1700’s farmhouse once built for the East Hampton shepherds and now a museum. The land features a beautiful rose and herb garden which you can visit. Open daily in season except Wednesday from 10am-4pm. Second House hosts numerous events throughout the year.
MONTAUK INDIAN MUSEUM
On the grounds of Second House just west of town, the Indian museum showcases artifacts found in Montauk from 15,000 years of Indian habitation. Open Thursday-Sunday from 12-3pm in season. Adults $5, children $3. montaukindianmuseum.org