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The New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center

The historic New Canal Lighthouse is located at 8001 Lakeshore Drive in New Orleans, LA (at West End on Lakeshore Drive).  The lighthouse was severely damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The Pontchartrain Conservancy reconstructed the lighthouse, incorporating original wood from the 1890 lighthouse that stood on the site and now operates as PC's New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.

Guided Tours


The New Canal Lighthouse Museum is located at 8001 Lakeshore Dr., in New Orleans, LA, and has been open to the public for tours, field trips, and private events since 2013.

The New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center:

  • Educates locals and visitors about the water quality and habitats of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, PC's Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy, critical coastal issues, and the history of the lighthouse
  • Functions as an active aid to navigation by nightly lighting the lighthouse beacon
  • Houses our Lake Front Learning Lab for a hands-on experience at testing water quality
  • Is available to rent for private events

Hours of Operation:
10:00am - 4pm Tuesday - Saturday
Open to the general public. Docent-led tours available.

Admission Fee:
$10.00 General Admission
$7.50 Seniors, Students & Military
FREE Children under 6 years old

Group Tours:
Group rates are available. $5.00/person for groups of 10 or more. For museum group tours by appointment, please email or call (504) 282-2134.

PC's Education Staff offers group presentations and lighthouse tours by appointment. Please call the Education Department at 504-836-2238 or email to schedule a presentation or group activity at this historic site.

Gray Line Tours also offers a tour Monday - Saturday that includes a guided tour of the New Canal Lighthouse. Contact Gray Line Tours at (504) 569-1401 or (800) 233-2628

The museum, gift shop, and grounds are accessible via wheelchair-friendly ramps. There is a three-person elevator to allow access to the second-floor museum and upper balcony as well as a 21 step staircase with hand railings. Guided tours are available from the lower deck for visitors who do not wish to go upstairs. An audio version of the tour is available on Printed copies of our guided tour are available in Spanish, German, and Large Print. Ask a lightkeeper for an available print copy upon your arrival.

Support Our New Canal Lighthouse

Support PC

Our museum offers programs that focus on the history of the lighthouse, the ecology of the Pontchartrain Basin, and the critical coastal issues we face today in South Louisiana. 

We still need your help in our efforts to support the education and outreach programming hosted at the lighthouse. Please help us as we continue to bring back this symbol of our rich maritime history and the resiliency of our communities.  You can help support this historic icon by purchasing a personalized Lighthouse Brick or Bench as a gift, tribute, memorial, or for yourself. You can also click the donate today button to make a donation!