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
DISCOVER JAMESTOWN'S MOST VISITED LANDMARK
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 www.beavertaillight.org 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
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
The Museum is currently closed. We will reopen at the end Of May 2017.
We are, however, available for group tours. If you would like to schedule a tour of the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum please call (401)423-3270, or email us at info@BeavertailLight.org.
The Giftshop will be open on December 3, 4, 10 and 11 from 12:00 until 3:00 pm.
We will announce 2017 Tower opening dates after the first of the year
Would you like to become a BLMA Member?
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
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.
Click here to read the recent article in the Jamestown Press.
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.