Smithsonian Museum Day-Crooked River Lighthouse
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

1975 Highway 98 West, Carrabelle, FL 32322

Phone Number
(850) 697-2732



Smithsonian Museum Day-Crooked River Lighthouse

10 am-5 pm

 FREE Admission but donations are welcome!

The Crooked River Lighthouse will open the doors to its museum free of charge on Saturday September 23, 2017, for extended hours from 10 am to 5 pm as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket. 

Smithsonian recognizes the extraordinary power of museums, and other cultural institutions, to provide visitors with insight and inspiration. The event represents a nationwide commitment to boundless curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge wherever you are. Over 200,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and this year’s event is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

In honor of this promotion, Carrabelle Lighthouse Association staff and volunteers will also be offering a wonderful lantern-making workshop at the Keeper’s House on Saturday, September 23, from 1-4:30 pm. Materials, instruction and hands on help will be provided to make some unique and colorful lanterns. Participants will be able to explore their creative side and personalize their lantern to make it uniquely their own.  At the end of the workshop, attendees will get to take their own finished lantern home with them.

Current Exhibits:

At the Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House Museum, both the history and the science of the lighthouse are being interpreted via fascinating exhibits and an educational movie. Exhibits include a historical setting of the early 1900’s, examples of beacons and the methods of constructing a skeletal tower lighthouse. Everyday life objects in the Keeper’s Room include its original clocks, a barometer, a glass fire grenade, pages from the keeper’s watch book, currency and much more.  Visitors can look through replica Sears’ catalogues for a perspective on cost of living during the past century.  Enjoy a climb to the top of the Lighthouse tower on Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4 pm (weather permitting). The park picnic area features picnic tables, picnic shelters and a small playground.

Also be sure to check out the wonderful gift shop filled with unique maritime and nautical gifts and souvenirs.

The Crooked River Lighthouse and Keeper’s House Museum is located at 1975 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle, FL 32322. The Keeper's House Museum and Gift Shop is open from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.  Weather permitting, you can climb the Crooked River Lighthouse tower on Wednesday thru Sunday from 1- 4 pm.  The cost for climbing the lighthouse is $5 per person or free to CLA members. 

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

For more information, please visit or contact the Crooked River Lighthouse at or 850-697-2732.

 This event is funded, in part, by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.


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