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Old Lighthouse Museum in Stonington reopens Friday after renovation

Stonington — The Old Lighthouse Museum in the borough is scheduled to reopen to the public on Friday after the completion of a $1.3 million preservation and restoration project that began last year.

The Stonington Historical Society continues to fundraise $1.45 million to complete the next phase of the project which is the construction of a 500-square-foot addition to the rear of the museum to house a handicapped-accessible bathroom and ticketing area.

“We are excited to offer our visitors the opportunity to see the Lighthouse as a historic structure, before we add exhibitions back inside,” Executive Director Aimee Newell said. “Our recent restoration project allowed us to open a few areas behind the walls and to leave them on view. We will be encouraging visitors to travel back in time in their minds to think about how it was for the lighthouse keepers to inhabit this building, and what this 1840 structure has to teach us today.”

Children under 6 are free admission. The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a mask while inside the building. Admission to the lighthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 18.

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