Municipality of Bayham


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions and regulations having significant human and financial resources' impacts on the municipality, the Marine Museum & Lighthouse will remain closed for the 2020 season.  We look forward to the 2021 season.    

COVID-19 Project

History is happening right now and we need your input.  The museum is collecting memories and experiences of COVID-19 to share with future generations.  Click on POSTER for more information.


The Port Burwell Marine Museum & Lighthouse are CLOSED.  Thank you Visitors for choosing us as your destination last summer - come visit us again!

Later in the year off-season tours may be arranged by calling the municipal office at 519-866-5521 Ext 222 Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

See you in 2021 when we open on the Victoria Day Long Weekend with an all new exhibit!



Exhibit at Queen's Park, Toronto from August - December 2019 

Theme:  "Port Burwell and Commercial Fishing on Lake Erie"

Our 2019 Children's Summer Program in collaboration with the Fred Bodsworth Port Burwell Library was a great success and enjoyed by many.  Looking forward to this year!

 Pictures of the 2019 Children's Program Fun - "Glitter Bomb Day", "Turtle Habitat Day" and "Scavenger Hunt - Games Day"


 Port Burwell is situated on the north shore of Lake Erie. The Big Otter Creek has been a major factor in the history of this port. The timber boom also led to a thriving ship building industry. Seventy-one sailing ships are recorded to have been built at Port Burwell during the 19th century. Not only lumber ran out, the arrival of the railroad around 1900 increased the importance of the harbour for the shipping of coal from Pennsylvania.

The museum's abundant collection of historic artifacts, incredible collection of lighthouse lenses including the rotating fresnel lens and period photographs facilitate a look into Port Burwell's past and spur memories of the port's earlier days. Visitors to Port Burwell, as well as local residents, will enjoy a fascinating collection of stories depicting the town's history and its relation to the marine life of Lake Erie.

The Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse is a tribute to the history in Port Burwell. Local volunteers and students, who keep the traditions and history of their village alive, staff the museum. The museum and lighthouse are open May Victoria Day Weekend to September Labour Day.

For an amazing view of Port Burwell and Lake Erie, make the 56-step climb to the top of the historic lighthouse.

2021 Admission Prices (Cash only):  12 & Under Free; Adults (13+) $3.00 per person one site; Adults (13+) $5.00 per person for both Marine Museum and Lighthouse; Family $8.00 per family one site; Family $12.00 per family for both Marine Museum and Lighthouse.  Museum Season Pass valid from date of purchase until Labour Day for unlimited attendance to both the Marine Museum and Lighthouse for $15.00 per person.  Groups of 10 or more, please call ahead.



The Wheelhouse is in place at the Marine Museum.  The Port Burwell Historical Society acquired the Wheelhouse and it is placed at the Museum for further refurbishing and future inclusion in the outside artifact displays.  The Wheelhouse is available for viewing from the exterior only at this time.  





Marine Museum

A: 20 Pitt Street

T: 519-874-4807

Historic Lighthouse

A: 17 Robinson Street

Port Burwell, Ontario N0J 1T0

(Seasonal Mid-May to Labour Day)


The Municipality of Bayham gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada in providing funding to assist in the hiring of museum summer students.

Elgin County Museum

The Elgin County Museum exists to promote Elgin County's rich historical and agricultural heritage by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting artifacts pertaining to the history of the County of Elgin; and to provide leadership and support to County museums in the promotion of a heritage partnership.

The Museum opened in its new facility on the fourth floor of the Administration building at 450 Sunset Drive, in the fall of 2006. Many significant improvements to the Museum include climate-controlled storage areas, customized exhibit space, greater opportunities for public programming and the ability to provide outreach services to County museums.

Visit: and the for historical information, photographs and virtual displays.

 Elgin County Museum

A: 450 Sunset Drive
    St. Thomas, ON
    N5R 5V1
T: 519-631-1460 ext.159/ext. 160
F: 519-631-9209


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