Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association

Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island

The site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America

Enjoy panoramic views of Narragansett Bay

Explore beautiful Beavertail State Park

Visit the Museum

Bike, Hike or Picnic on the Lawn


Located on the southernmost tip of Jamestown, Rhode Island, the Beavertail Lighthouse museum features a collection of information, artifacts, and conversation about the history and site of the third-oldest lighthouse in North America.  Come and enjoy New England hospitality as you engage with lighthouse history and with interesting elements of Narragansett Bay’s maritime science, technology, art, and culture.  Visit our gift shop, and spend some time in the spectacular Beavertail State Park adjoining the lighthouse site.

QR Codes now active at Beavertail

BLMA’s “QR” (Quick Response Code) project is operational.

BLMA’s information matrix codes signs (QR Codes) on 21 different subjects are installed at various locations throughout Beavertail Park and the light station grounds. Each 4 x 6 inch sign scanned by a smart phone or tablet connects to and immediately provides historical or descriptive site information on the subject identified on the sign. All that’s needed is your smart phone with a bar code app and you can get information on any of the 21 subjects where a QR sign is located. This map showing the location of all the signs is also located in the museum on the hallway's bulletin board.

Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in becoming a docent at Beavertail Lighthouse?

If you would like to become a docent, email us your contact information by clicking

2016 Museum Hours

We have switched to our Fall hours.

We are open weekends until Columbus Day, October 10th, from noon to 3:00pm

Click below for tower opening dates and times

After Columbus Day, the museum closes until Spring, 2017, but do call us at (401)423-3270, or email us if you have a tour group you'd like to bring to the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum!

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The W.Craig Armington Memorial Scholarship

The W.Craig Armington Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the BLMA for high school seniors living in Jamestown, RI who have been accepted at a college or university and will begin studies in the fall. The student selected will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward college tuition, books, or fees related to the courses of study.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than May 15th. Applications can be downloaded from this website. Copies are also available at the Jamestown Library

Group Tours and Events

To arrange Lighthouse tours for school or senior groups please contact Mrs. Linda Warner at

Weddings and private events on the Lighthouse grounds are not allowed by the U.S. Coast Guard.

For scheduling special events, including weddings in Beavertail State Park contact the RI Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM) at 401-884-2010.

BLMA Capital Campaign About to Begin

The Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association is preparing a massive fundraiser with the sole purpose of establishing an endowment to preserve the Beavertail buildings. James Buttrick, a local historian, has pledged to match any donation dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000. Watch your mailbox and watch this space for information on how to participate in this effort.

BLMA Shipwreck Database

Explore the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association’s (BLMA) shipwreck database. This search engine provides the most comprehensive list of maritime events that have taken place in Rhode Island waters from Colonial times to present day. Each event is a story in itself providing the reader historical information gleaned from hundreds of archival sources. Each event is accompanied by a detailed description of the vessel(s) involved and related information.

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Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association

PO Box 83 - Jamestown, RI 02835

Site Contents © BLMA 2016

A 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT Corp.

BLMA is a member of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce

phone: (401)423-3270