Municipality of Bayham



The Port Burwell Marine Museum and Historic Lighthouse are CLOSED for the 2018 season.  Off-season tours can be arranged by calling the Municipal office at 519-866-5521.  During the season of mid-May - Labour Day, one can visit us during our hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., daily.

Children's Summer Program was a great success! Thank you to all the children (and parents) who attended the Museum and the Library.  See you next year!

 Pictures of the Museum Fun - "Slime Day", "Green Screen Day" and  "Lighthouse 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.

2018 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 Monday, September 3rd for unlimited attendance to both the Marine Museum and Lighthouse for $15.00 per person.

BIG NEWS!!  The Wheelhouse is in place at the Marine Museum.  The Port Burwell Historical Society acquired the Wheelhouse and it is now placed at the Museum for further refurbishing and future inclusion in the outside displays.  See the pictures of the MOVE that happened on July 20, 2018.

 Crossing Robinson Street

  Backing in to place on the cement pad

 Resting comfortably on the cement pad



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 three 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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