Spend the Night at the Rose Island Lighthouse Museum

Spend the Night at the Rose Island Lighthouse Museum

Sarah Rainwater
Jul 28, 2009

As kids we loved the book From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, about an 11-year old girl who runs away from home to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and we must admit to still harboring a fantasy about secretly spending the night at a museum...

The Rose Island Lighthouse Museum, located on a 18-acre island a mile off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, may not be the Met, but it does offer the opportunity for visitors to stay after visiting hours and experience a night as the lighthouse keepers of 1912 once did.

Beyond the reach of utility lines, the lighthouse relies on electricity generated by wind power and a rainwater collection system. An overnight stay is not for the feint of heart: amenities include pots, dishes, and utensils that the original lighthouse residents would have used, washbowls and pitchers for bathing, a hand water pump toilet, and outdoor solar showers. And did we mention that guests must transport all of their things including a cooler with ice (there is no refrigerator) by boat?

Despite all that we still think there’s something pretty darn cool about the idea — at least in theory — forget staying at a museum, who hasn’t dreamed of spending a few nights on their own private island?

Visit the Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation website for more information.

(Images: Brian Stulpin)

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