Lightner Museum
Lightner Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine, Lightner Museum occupies the historic Alcazar Hotel, a Gilded Age resort hotel built in 1888 by railroad magnate Henry Flagler. Founded in 1948, the Museum is home to one of the premier collections of 19th-and early 20th-century fine and decorative art in the country. Furnishings, paintings, leaded glass windows, cut and blown glass, and natural history specimens from the Otto Lightner Collection are exhibited against the backdrop of the magnificent Alcazar Hotel. Visitors to the Museum are invited to participate in an immersive experience of art, architecture, and design from America’s Gilded Age. We are open every day except for Christmas Eve (close at 1PM), Christmas day, and New Year's Day. Our hours are from 9AM-5PM with last entry precisely at 4PM.
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  • steve m
    2 contributions
    must see
    This museum is amazing. Divided over three floors the art and artifacts will leave you in awe. Arranged into rooms with a common theme ( music, crystal etc. ) you can stroll at a leisurely pace and spend as much time at each exhibit as you would like. Pictures are allowed of every exhibit ( except one ) so you can take a load of memories home with you. The staff is pleasant and eager to help or answer your questions. Even if you are not a museum type of person< you owe it to yourself to visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 30, 2022
  • BWW
    Boca Raton, Florida15 contributions
    Worth your Time.
    Wonderful museum, amazing mix of art, and furniture in a spectacular historic building. Highly recommend - take time for all three floors, it is an eclectic mix of interesting historic and valuable objects. To think there was a giant pool in the middle of the building brings one back to a different but glamorous era in our history.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 3, 2023
  • JOHN A
    San Antonio, Florida89 contributions
    St. Augustine trip
    I normally don't go in for art museum's. This one surprised me. It used to be a classy hotel, Hotel Alcazar, which was converted by Henry Flagler. You can experience art, architecture, history, and design. We took about 2-1/2 hours to go through it. You can even have lunch there if you'd like. Meals ranged from about $15 - $20. The restaurant is set up in what used to be the swimming pool!
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 14, 2023
  • ChrisH
    Frederick, Maryland521 contributions
    Great visit
    Two adults visited here in late January 2023 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There are three floors full of (mostly) Gilded Age art and other items. The collection ranges from ceramics to 19th century stained glass to sculptures to paintings to glassware to the stuffed lion that the Royal Zoo gave to Winston Churchill (I’d still love to know how Mr. Lightner obtained that!), and, much, much more. For food, there is a cafe in what was once the first indoor swimming pool in the U.S., or, you can go outside to one of the many restaurants nearby, as we did and then return. We spent all day there but YMMV as we are museum nerds.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 4, 2023
  • Betsy
    Orlando, Florida90 contributions
    Wonderful Collector's Museum
    Fascinating collections within the museum. Worth a visit. There is also a restaurant that requires reservations. Eclectic collections of glassware, sea shells and other artifacts. We loved the historical photographs of the area.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 5, 2023
  • cherylpd1
    Delran, New Jersey390 contributions
    Time Well Spent
    What a fascinating place! Previously Hotel Alcazar, the building now houses an array of history, art, glass, furniture, instruments, special attractions, etc. There are three floors plus a "hidden" floor accessible only by elevator, and one can spend several hours, especially on a rainy day as we did, walking around and taking it all in. I was with my husband and adult daughter (the choices on here do not apply), and we kind of separated and walked on our own. I was especially fascinated by the main floor, once a swimming pool that now houses a small restaurant in its very spot. An afternoon well spent.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 11, 2023
  • Michael W
    Noblesville, Indiana31 contributions
    Good stop
    This was a very pleasant and interesting stop during our trip to St. Augustine. Really varied collection of unusual items. Well worth the hour spent. Make sure and browse the shops in the courtyard. Lots of nice things at reasonable prices
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 15, 2023
  • Kris R
    Beaufort, South Carolina8 contributions
    Beautiful place!
    A 'must see' while you visit St Augustine. It's a self tour, so you don't have to worry about tour times. You should allow plenty of time to explore. So much fun imagining it as the Alcozar Hotel. The former pool is on the second floor and has a small cafe open for lunch. We were able to grab our lunch there and it was delicious! Don't miss it!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 17, 2023
  • BostonNYGirl
    29 contributions
    Quirky and unique museum/view of Hotel
    Collections in the Lightner are varied with the bicycle exhibit being very old and interesting! Perhaps what is more enjoyable is getting to see the Alcazar Hotel, where the pool was at one time the largest in the country, the sauna and spa areas. The outside courtyard is also a delight. The pictures of the hotel in its time gave a great sense of what this hotel was like in its prime in the Gilded Age. Beautiful building!
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 18, 2023
  • The Pidge
    Wayne, New Jersey582 contributions
    A unique collection that left me wanting to know more about the building itself
    The Lightner Museum highlights an eclectic gathering of oddities that began (as described) as a collection of the owner's hobbies. This explains why this multi-floor exhibit contains everything from bicycles to typewriters to artwork to stained glass windows rescued from demolished buildings in Chicago. I suppose one way to describe it is, there's something for everyone, and sometimes quite a lot of it. Housed in the rear (casino) portion of Henry Flagler's former Hotel Alcazar (the front hotel portion now houses the St. Augustine city hall), the setting left me wanting to know more about the history of the structure. There are some remaining nods such as the Russian Bath on the second floor and the former indoor swimming pool having been filled in to create Cafe Alcazar, but feel there is much more left to unpack. As it is, the museum is worth a stroll because of its wide array of collectables and proximity to many other St. Augustine attractions.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
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Duane S
Cleveland, TN6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
A hidden gem in st Augustine , the museum cafe is absolutely wonderful, only open 11-3 daily inside the museum at the pool area. Go grab a bowl of greek lemon chicken soup and one of their sandwiches, we thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambiance of the cafe. the 2nd floor of the museum is open to the public at no cost and shows many photos, paintings and sculptures.
Written 15 November 2023
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LDtravelalot
Vandergrift, PA206 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Nothing in St Augustine is free to visit. The lightner was partially closed but we still paid full price. If you want to visit museums go to DC everything is free. Lightner was somewhat interesting nut even at $17 nit worth the pric3 if admission.
Written 28 October 2023
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jean m
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Interesting building and pleasurable collection
Architecture and decorations nice place to visit
A walk in time!
Written 9 October 2023
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OnAir20314316678
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Solo
The building is spectacular. The works of art are lovely. However, I would have liked to see more about Florida history and artifacts.
Written 8 October 2023
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Brandon H
Sumter, SC6 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Great museum, excellent collection of art and antiques. Museum volunteers are knowledgeable and very helpful. Highly recommend.
Written 3 September 2023
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Valerie G
North Port, FL194 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
My family of 5 loved the Lightner Museum! The grounds are very beautiful and the museum was filled with so much history of St. Augustine. We took our three young children (ages 7, 8, and 9) and they all really enjoyed this and had a nice time despite being so young.

There is an exhibit with a lot of crystal glassware that was very anxiety inducing with the children.

We enjoyed the bicycle exhibit on the top floor and my 7 year old was very excited to see the mummy. It was an excellent experience and we would definitely recommend anyone that loves museums or history to stop in if they're in the area.
Written 25 August 2023
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Karen B
Tampa, FL4 contributions
Jul 2023
From a desk owned by Napoleon's brother to unusual chandeliers and a large collection of hobby stuff, this museum is definitely worth it. It's 3 floors, so has a lot more stuff than you expect when you first walk in.
Written 27 July 2023
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Mary G
Boston, MA59 contributions
Jun 2023
Our visit to the Lightner Museum ended up being our favorite activity during the entirety of our stay in St Augustine. The building and gardens alone are inviting but the collections were incredible! We have never seen such an eclectic collection of items and artifacts before. We particularly enjoyed the oddities and glass collections. You will see things here that you won't see in other museums. The information provided for the items helped us to appreciate their value and provenance. The remnants of the Hotel Alcazar added to the intrigue of the property. Huge shoutout to volunteer docent Nikki who engaged us with stories and further explanations and was a delight to chat with. We could have easily spent the whole day here.
Written 18 July 2023
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Zoolander
Key West, FL322 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great museum, lots of cool stained glass and collections. You can see old Turkish baths and the old swimming pool where they used to entertain the upper crust.
Written 12 July 2023
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Dave
105 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The foresight of a person to collect items for a museum
Super interesting ..takes about 2 hours..the old bicycles
Were incredible!
Written 6 July 2023
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