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.

Watch Plum TV's recent feature on the Gay Head Light.

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

save the gay head light

MVM CampusThe National Trust for Historic Preservation recently named the Gay Head Lighthouse one of America's 11 Most Endangered Places®. Efforts are underway to save the Lighthouse and relocate it away from the eroding cliffs. The "Keep on Shining" committee has formed and is currently raising funds to move the Light. Learn more about the campaign and/or donate to the cause here.

2014 Schedule

Open weekends May 24 – June 15 and Memorial Day May 26, 10am–5pm
Open daily June 16 – Oct 13, 10am–5pm
Open Friday and Saturday evenings June 20 – Sept 13
     June-July, 7pm-9pm
     Aug -Sept, 6pm-8pm

All hours are weather permitting.

Admission is $5.00 for adults. Museum members and children under 12 are free.


Group Visits and Private Rentals

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To schedule group visits, please contact Rizwan Malik at 508-627-4441 x110. For more information about weddings or private parties, visit our Lighthouse Rentals page.