Although Indiana has multiple lighthouses on Lake Michigan, the lighthouse in Michigan City, Indiana is the only structure that qualifies as a historic lighthouse. In 1834, Congress appropriated $5,000 for the Michigan City Lighthouse’s construction to promote the development of the area. The lighthouse was functional by December of 1837. As the Michigan City port grew in prosperity, a new lighthouse was built in 1858. Since then, there has been much construction and development of the surrounding port using both government money and the dedication of private citizens.The lighthouse was first open to the public in 1973 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places soon after.
The Old Lighthouse Museum now resides within the 1858 structure. Once in the museum, visitors can tour the lighthouse, climb its tower, visit an exhibit about Lake Michigan shipwrecks, learn about Michigan City history, and more. This museum is open April – October, every day except Monday, from 1pm – 4pm Central time. Admission is $5 for those 14 and older, and $2 for those under 14.
More information can be found at the museum’s website: http://www.oldlighthousemuseum.org/