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 Annual Meeting

Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association is pleased to announce details of our upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held on Tuesday Sept. 18, 2018. The meeting is open to all interested parties and all are welcome. It will be held as usual at the main meeting room of the Jamestown Philomenian Library, 26 North Main Road, Jamestown, RI. Meeting time is 7:00PM to approx 8:30PM.

Complimentary bottled water, ice tea and homemade cookies will be served. As always, there is no admission charge.

Our guest speaker will be Mr. David Robinson, M.A., RPA, of the University of Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Dept. David is a Marine Archaeologist in the URI Graduate School. Mr. Robinson will offer a fascinating historical presentation of the ship "graveyard" explored & excavated in the northernmost reaches of Narragansett Bay, officially designated as the Green Jacket Shoal Ship Graveyard. Stunning photos of representative cargo ships and ferries will be presented. A detailed site plan will be shown pinpointing the "graves" of a number of these ships, their relation to one another and additional photos of their skeletal remains.

Agenda specifics:
7:00PM - Meeting commencement. Introduction by BLMA Board President Suzi Andrews;
7:30PM - Introduction of Mr. David Robinson followed by his presentation of the "GJS" Graveyard. Q & A session following presentation.
8:30PM - Adjournment.

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 daily from 10:30 AM until 4:30 PM.

The complete schedule can be found on the Visitor Information page.

2018 Tower Opening Dates are listed on the Visitor Information page.

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

What people are saying!

  • Great views

    I was really very impressed by the lighthouse and grounds. It is well taken care of and maintained by the park staff and management. Was not able to take a tour thou because it was Off season

  • Rhode Island at its best

    A mid-week morning walk, few others there. After the rain, clear skies, moist rocks, and high tide. The colours and contrasts and fresh air... wonders of nature. Relaxing and refreshing. A spot that locals enjoy, and a place to tread lightly and carefully over rocks

  • Best Place in RI

    Stopped here today and it was closed as it was not open for the season. We did meet with Richard who lived in the lighthouse when he was 6. He was full of knowledge and gave us a private tour!!! What an awesome place

  • Nothing better on a sunny, clear day than Beavertail State Park

    Its free, its beautiful and lots to see, explore the grounds of the old military battlements, the lighthouse and museum are a thrill

  • Interesting and historical

    Be sure to take the time to explore the museum. The original light is in the museum. Also explore along the coastline

  • Fun for family

    Beaver tail has a beautiful view of the rocky shore of Rhode Island. The lighthouse and the site of the previous light house have significant history that is revealed in the small museum there.

  • Very relaxing

    We came upon this park almost by accident. Very pleasant surprise. Nice place for a picnic or looking at the boats going by the point. There is a very interesting lighthouse with a museum located there.

  • Sun, Wind and Waves

    A beautiful place to relax and take in the wind, waves and sun. A blanket and picnic lunch completes the fun! There are beautiful places to stroll, read, sit on rocks, visit the museum and be refreshed.

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. Recently updated, the database now contains 3544 records and 2,553 Wreck Data Sheets.

Explore the Shipwreck Database »

Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association

PO Box 83 - Jamestown, RI 02835

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phone: (401)423-3270