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Regular open hours are Wednesdays 7pm to dusk, Fridays and Saturdays 10am to 2pm, and Sundays 12pm to 4pm.

For a more in-depth look at St. Joe/Benton Harbor’s maritime history, take the one-hour long guided tour down the pier. It’s available Friday and Saturday at 10am. No reservations required; join us on the parking lot end of the pier on Tiscornia. $10/adult and $5/children 12 and under. Includes a look in the outer light and a climb to the top of the inner light.

See you at the lighthouse!

Public Tours of the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouses are offered seasonally (Memorial Day through Labor Day) by the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. The City of St. Joseph took ownership of our Lights from the federal government in 2013 and has restored them through support from the Lighthouse Forever Fund.

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St. Joe Lighthouse Tours are made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Michigan Humanities Council. This activity is also supported by grants from the Berrien Community Foundation, and from Entergy – Palisades Power Plant.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL TOURS

Safety Notice: If the weather or lake conditions become hazardous, scheduled tours and open hours may be cancelled for safety reasons. We will post on this website, Facebook and Instagram if we are closed. Please be advised that cancellation decisions typically occur at the last minute. Thank you for your understanding!

Parking at Tiscornia Park: The daily parking fee set by the City of St. Joseph is not included in the tour price. Please pay for parking at the self-serve machine in the parking lot.

Liability Release: All walking tour participants or the parent/guardian of minor participants will be required to sign a general liability waiver prior to the tour. The North Pier has many uneven walking surfaces and is subject to weather conditions including waves. There is a tall ladder and spiral stairs for those wishing to climb up to the lantern. 

Ladder Height/Age Requirement: Height of 45 inches is required to climb the ladder up to the lantern. Adults who are responsible for youth under age 18 should use their knowledge of the young person’s ability to climb and descend the ladder alone, to determine if the youth should be allowed to ascend.

Recommended Attire: Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes are strongly recommended. Please dress for the weather; tours may be held in the rain. Sunscreen and sunglasses are advised; skirts and dresses are not advised.

 Contact the Heritage Museum at (269) 983-1191 or kulrey@theheritagemcc.org.