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.

BLMA Matching Gift Campaign

As our Matching Gift Campaign moves into high gear we would like to invite you to contribute. Remember evey donation will be matched dollar for dollar by local historian James Buttrick.

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

Museum Hours

The Museum is open 7 days a week from June 17, 2017 thru September 3, 2017 - 10:30AM to 4:30PM

For a complete schedule and Tower Opening Dates please see Visitor Information.

If you would like to schedule a tour of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum please call (401) 423-3270, or email us at


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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.

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.

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.

Explore the Shipwreck Database »

Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association

PO Box 83 - Jamestown, RI 02835

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A 501(c)3 NON-PROFIT Corp.

BLMA is a member of the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce

phone: (401)423-3270