NOTICE TO GUESTS: We are located on Naval Air Station Pensacola. NAS Pensacola is currently open only to current DoD ID card holders and certain Veterans Health Identification Card holders. Unless sponsored through the Trusted Traveler program, no civilians will be granted access onto the base until further notice, and thus will not be able to access the Lighthouse. 

PLEASE NOTE: For those who are granted access onto NAS, the gift shop and lighthouse tower are open. However, the Keeper's Quarters will remain closed until further notice. This means that there are no restrooms or water fountains available to guests. Please plan your visits accordingly. Guests will be required to bring their own masks and wear them at all times while on the premises. Please also supply your own hand sanitizer if desired. Read on-site signage for social distancing requirements.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Beginning Monday, July 6th, our hours of operation will be as follows: 

Plan Your Visit

Know Before You Go

  1. Bring a proper ID
  2. Wear shoes with an enclosed back
  3. Climbers must be at least 44" tall or 7 years old. Children 12 & under can not climb without a ticketed adult.
  4. Use the Public Gate on Blue Angel Parkway
  5. No bags or purses allowed on property

Hours of operation

  • Mondays & Thursdays: CLOSED

  • EVery Other Day: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Last admission at 3:40pm

We are closed on the following holidays:
Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day

Daily Admission:

Includes access to all museum exhibits, grounds, and the lighthouse tower

Adults $8
12 & under, 65+, and Military $4

Click Here to Purchase Advanced Admission

(Currently only DoD ID card holders and certain Veterans Health Identification card holders may access NAS Pensacola to visit the Lighthouse)

Security Gate Procedures

Driving Directions

Parking and Entrances

For Your Safety

Built in 1859 the Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. Come climb the tower, take a ghost hunt, or get the best seats in the house for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels practice flights. The Richard C. Callaway Museum is housed in the restored 1869 keeper’s quarters where you'll explore a wide range of exhibits. 

See below for details to make the most of your visit.

Security Gate Procedures

The Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum sits on Naval Air Station Pensacola, which is an active military base.

  • All civilian visitors must enter through the Public Gate, located just south of the intersection of Blue Angel Parkway and Gulf Beach Highway.
  • When approaching the Public Gate, please be prepared to present the security personnel with proper identification (such as a driver's license) for yourself and any passengers who are 18 or older. Please see the "Note About Exceptions" below for more information regarding accepted IDs. For more information, click here to visit the NAS Visitor Information webpage.
  • Ensure all insurance/registration paperwork for the vehicle is up to date and in the vehicle.
  • Always plan to arrive early if you have tickets for a scheduled event due to the potential for delays at the gate.
  • The Public Gate closes to visitors at 4:00pm. You must be on the base by that time to visit the lighthouse.
  • Please click here to read the NAS Driving Rules & Regulations, especially when driving a motorcycle onto the base
  • No weapons are allowed on NAS Pensacola, even in instances where the owner has a concealed carry permit. 

    NOTE ABOUT EXCEPTIONS: Please note, visitors from Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Minnesota, or Washington may require additional identification to enter through the security gate of NAS Pensacola.

    From the U.S. Department of Defense: "Defense Department installations will no longer accept driver’s licenses from Illinois, Missouri and New Mexico as proof of identity for access control purposes, according to DoD officials. Non-enhanced licenses from Minnesota or Washington also are no longer accepted. Those attempting to gain physical access to DoD installations must show an alternate form of identification, such as a passport." 
    Other acceptable alternate forms of identification include:

  • Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • Voter's Registration
  • State or Federal Work ID
  • Concealed Weapons ID

Driving Directions

From Perdido Key, FL and Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, AL:
From 292, cross Perdido Key Bridge and take the first right onto Gulf Beach Hwy. Then turn right onto Blue Angel Parkway and drive through the Public Gate of NAS Pensacola. Continue down Blue Angel Parkway/Radford Boulevard. The Pensacola Lighthouse will be on the right.

From I-10 East or West:
Take Exit 7 (Pine Forest Road, 297). Head south about 1.5 miles and make a right onto Blue Angel Parkway. Drive about 11 miles to the Public Gate of NAS Pensacola. Continue down Blue Angel Parkway/Radford Boulevard. Pensacola Lighthouse will be on the right.

From Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Ft. Walton, and Destin:
From Highway 98 to Pensacola Bay Bridge, veer left onto Bayfront Parkway, which turns into Main Street. Take a left onto Barrancas Avenue, which will turn into Gulf Beach Highway. Continue on Gulf Beach Highway and turn left onto Blue Angel Parkway and drive through the Public Gate of NAS Pensacola. Continue down Blue Angel Parkway/Radford Boulevard. The Pensacola Lighthouse will be on the right.

The main parking lot is located on Radford Boulevard, and a second smaller lot is available off of Shell Road. Parking spaces for those with disabilities are available in our main parking lot, to the right of the fence line. The first floor of the museum is wheelchair-accessible via a ramp on the east side of the building.


From Orange Beach/Perdido Key:

From Pensacola:

For Your Safety

  • The first floor of the museum is wheelchair-accessible via a ramp on the east side of the building.
  • Climbers must be 44” or 7 years of age to be allowed up the tower
  • Children may not be carried up the tower, even in secure carriers.
  • Shoes must have a secure back (no flip-flops!), and may not have a spike heel. You may go up the tower barefoot if your shoes do not meet these requirements. 
  • No smoking, food, drinks, pets, or wet clothing are permitted in the tower or museum.
  • Leave purses, backpacks, camera bags, and other bags in your vehicle. They cannot be taken into the museum or tower, and cannot be left in the gift shop.