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The Old Baldy Lighthouse and Smith Island Museum of History provides guests a self-guided tour of North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse. Inside the keeper's cottage is the admissions/tickets desk, gift shop, museum, and restroom facilities.
CLOSED FOR SEASON. REOPENS ON MARCH 1, 2020
Please purchase tickets to Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum of History inside the keeper's cottage.
Youth (Ages 3- 12): $5
Under Age 3: Free
Smith Island Museum of History
Located inside the keeper's cottage at Old Baldy Lighthouse, the Smith Island Museum of History orients guests about Bald Head Island's historical significance. Artifacts from the Old Baldy Foundation's collections rotate on exhibit inside the museum.
Old Baldy Lighthouse
Climb 108 stairs and 5 landings to reach the top of Old Baldy Lighthouse and its breathtaking view of the Cape Fear River estuary. Climbs of Old Baldy are self-guided, unscheduled during business hours, and at your own pace. Located inside the lighthouse's foundation are other artifacts on exhibit.
Admission onto the Old Baldy Lighthouse grounds requires a ticket. Enjoy this beautiful spot on Bald Head Island which features picnic tables, a nice lawn, the lighthouse's Oil House, interpretive signs, and a very old live oak tree!
Seeking more out of your experience? Consider taking one of the guided tours offered by the Old Baldy Foundation for an additional fee. Check out the tour page for more information.