59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum
MVM Campus

Gay Head Cliffs
Address: 9 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah

The Gay Head Lighthouse is open seasonally. A lighthouse keeper will be available and the doors will be open during designated hours. Parking is available, but limited, on Aquinnah Circle. The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) busses do have routes to the lighthouse.


Read the Martha's Vineyard Magazine's "Illuminating Lighthouses"
for more on the historical and cultural significance of the Light

Len Butler, Chairman of the Relocation Subcommittee for Save the Gay Head Lighthouse, gave an exclusive look at the preparations that were made to get the Lighthouse ready for her historic move in 2015 in this video.

2016 Schedule

Open weekends May 28 – June 19 & Memorial Day, 11am-4pm.
Open daily July 1 – Oct. 10, 11am-4pm.
The Lighthouse will also be open for sunset on Thursday evenings in July and August.

Please note: The Lighthouse will be closed on June 25 and 26 for maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.


All hours are weather permitting.
Admission is $5.00 for adults. Museum members and children under 12 are free.


MOVING the gay head light

Click here for a timelapse video of the relocation and restoration project. The Museum is steward of the Lighthouse.


Group Visits and Private Rentals

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Group visits, weddings and private parties at the Gay Head Lighthouse are reserved and managed through the Town of Aquinnah. Contact Richard Skidmore for more information at 508-560-2671.