Point Cabrillo Lighthouse Damage
January 5, 2023
Sometime before 8am on the morning of January 5, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in Mendocino, California was hit by a massive wave that broke open the back doors and flooded the interior of the lighthouse gift shop and museum. There was significant damage to museum displays, exhibits and gift shop items.
The lighthouse museum and gift shop is back open every day from 11am – 4pm! Come on by and see all the progress we’ve made in the past month.
There are updates on our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as photos and videos of the damage done. If you would like to see what the lighthouse looked like before this damage, you can do a walk-through via our 3D Lighthouse tour.
If you would like to donate toward repairs, you are always welcome to contribute to the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association via the PayPal account.
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION ONLINE
Lens Tours at Point Cabrillo
Lens Tours have started up once again! CLICK HERE to find out what days you can climb to the top of the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse in Mendocino, California.
Notices and Upcoming Events
Are you visiting Mendocino soon? Consider staying overnight at the Light Station. Check out our rental units! Some units are pet friendly.
Currently, the Lighthouse Museum is open to visitors from 11am-4pm every day, as well as the Assistant Lightkeeper’s House Museum and Marine Science Exhibit.
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Spend the Night Here
This State Historic Park occupies a spectacular headland extending out into the Pacific. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. Note: there is parking for disabled persons in front of and behind the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House (the first residence) at the bottom of the hill.
There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk. Please use established trails and keep dogs leashed and under control at all times.
As you stroll down this road, the Point Cabrillo Light Station is arrayed before you. The Light Station includes:
- our Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens
- three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first house is a period museum of a lightkeeper’s house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes
- the restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop, which houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium
- three restored storage buildings behind the residences; two of these have been converted to lovely vacation rental cottages, the other is a public restroom
The main floor of the Lighthouse, the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper’s House and the Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round. The State Historic Park is open from sunrise to sunset daily. The main floor of the Lighthouse is dog-friendly.
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