Our 2018 Summer Tours are under way!

Open Hours – Come explore the Inner Light at your own pace and ask our knowledgeable guides everything you’ve wanted to know about the Twin Cities’ rich maritime heritage! Open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Free Admission. (Additional Select Days of Open Hours listed at StJoeLighthouseTours.org)

Tower Climbs – Follow in the footsteps of the Lighthouse Keepers – literally! – as you climb staircases and ladders to the lantern room and gallery. These short, guided tours begin every half hour during regular Open Hours. Tickets are available on the first level of the Lighthouse. $5/must be 4 ft. tall.

North Pier Walking Tours – On this hour-long walking tour you’ll trek the length of the North Pier with a guide, exploring over 180 years of lighthouse history in St. Joseph. Cap your tour by climbing to the lantern room of the Inner Light for a bird’s-eye view of the harbor!  Reservations recommended at StJoeLighthouseTours.org. $10/adult, $5/child. (Must be 4 ft. tall to climb.)

*** Please note: All St. Joe Lighthouse Tours are subject to last minute cancellation due to wave/weather conditions on the pier. ***

Visit StJoeLighthouseTours.org for more information or call 269-983-1191

St. Joseph Walking Tours – Presented in partnership with the Krasl Art Center
2018 Schedule and Information


Benton Harbor History Tours – Presented in partnership with the Morton House Museum
2018 Schedule and Information


In Memory of Priscilla U. Byrns

2012 Annual Meeting

Our first front sign, 1998

1997 Hard Hat Party







Priscilla with her children

Priscilla with family





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Every community needs a remembering place …

We all need a place that tells our stories, through artifacts, through our dreams; a place that shares how our community came to be what it is today and why we live the way we do. We also need a place that inspires us to keep our story going. The Heritage Museum at the Priscilla U. Byrns Center is our remembering place in St. Joseph, Michigan. The museum houses our area’s history, its artifacts and archival collections and a research library in a classical building along Main Street. Carefully preserved and beautifully appointed, it presents our stories in spacious exhibit halls and creates new memories in elegant banquet facilities.

Every person’s story is important and because we believe sharing these stories is just as important, Museum admission is free to everyone. Come journey into our past, gain a deeper understanding of our present and thrill at the possibilities for the future. If we can become part of your life’s special events, please contact us. We would be privileged to weave your chapter into ours.