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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Valerie G
    North Port, Florida288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Grounds
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Duane S
    Cleveland, Tennessee6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lightner Museum Cafe
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • GoBlueinColorado
    United States231 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth your time & money
    Small, but very interesting collection - particularly the works from the Art Nouveau & Art Deco periods. Particularly loved the display of Aubrey Beardsley's work (never seen these antique books before in any museum). Nice big & airy rooms displaying the varied collections - making it a pleasure to take your time walking around.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2023
  • journalmytrips
    Georgia711 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A museum featuring rotating exhibits
    This museum had several very well displayed exhibitions. The latest one is the Triumph of Nature. An ongoing exhibit of photographs from St. Augustine’s past by William Henry Jackson was interesting to view. The stained glass exhibit is work a few minutes of your time. If you have time, the cafe is good for lunch but you may need to make a reservation.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2024
  • JLow
    Mooresville, North Carolina6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great February Visit to St. Augustine
    Stopped at St. Augustine Fish Camp on our way into town, snagged a seat at the bar, as it was packed. Great food and beverage. Stayed at Hilton Garden inn, which was cheaper than the historic district. Parking is limited in old Town, and we missed the Trolley, So we took the Scooter Shuttle for $5 per person, each way. It was like our own shuttle. Drivers were informational and told us just to call from where we wanted to be picked up. They only take cash, so get some $5s or multiples depending on your group. Walked to dinner at Japanese place the shuttle driver recommended, enjoyed old town. Lots of great eateries and bars. Some have live music. Lots of tourist shops, but they are really small so I didn’t go to many. Loved the Lightner Museum and visiting the Flagler College building (both were Henry Flagler hotels). Great city for history buffs. We didn’t make it in the fort, to the Fountain of Youth, or to the beach. Maybe next time.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Linda A
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lightner, Give it a Try
    The Lightner Museum was lovely and definitely should be included in what is the architectural trifecta of the area: The Flagler, Lighter, and Villa Zorayda. We had a well-informed volunteer explain to us the workings of the former hotel and pool area. However, for the average person I would wait for an exhibit to open. We were there between exhibits (Sadly, missed the Art Nouveau exhibit) and the museum itself, while lovely, I feel may be lacking in items some tourists would be interested in. The first floor was an eclectic mix of curious items. The upper floor has a really wonderful section preserved from the former swimming pool, but then was curated with hundreds of different kinds of decorative glass items. This will interest some and not others. Third floor and some painting and other various items. Overall, I think it is worth the price of admission and will connect guests to the larger story between the buildings in the area
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 April 2024
  • Davigeta
    Saint Louis, Missouri1,088 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Eclectic collection of items, housed in a former hotel owned by Flagler.
    This museum is fairly large in size, in the old Hotel Alcazar. It is a very diverse collection of items- glass work, ceramics, and most importantly, toasters (yep, toasters). Some features of the old hotel can be seen, but only a few. On the third floor is an art gallery, currently featuring Durch painters of the 2nd half of the 19th century, very nice. The gift shop was good as well. You can go to the site of the old indoor swimming pool and have lunch- very good, see separate review. Overall, nice and worth seeing.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 May 2024
  • L N
    Fort Myers, Florida95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Wonderful tour. Much better than expected! Amazing history of the gilded Age. If you are interested at all in history, Henry Flagler and Florida it was well worth the time. Then we had lunch in what was at the time the world largest indoor pool. There’s no water there now, but it was a cool break from the heat in the air conditioning.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 June 2024
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Kalyqo
Homosassa, FL319 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visited this museum for the first time. I love art museums and was disappointed not to be able to see the art on the 3rd floor. The museum is old and just walking the floor you can feel the uneven floors. Pieces sticking up under carpets enough to trip you. Spaces between displays were extremely narrow and one would have a hard time getting a walker or wheelchair in between. The 3 floor is so uneven. The space between the wall and ledge is VERY narrow. If you have vertigo and issue with heights like me, this is NOT for you. One wrong step on the uneven floor and the only thing to save you from falling over the edge is a velvet rope, yeah, not for me. You can see the ropes I'm talking about in one of my pics with the piano-forte. The outside garden was beautiful. It was free.
Written 7 November 2020
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S S
Charleston, SC259 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Very cool architecture and fun to have the opportunity to visit the inside of this gorgeous old Hotel. The restaurant in what was once the hotel's indoor swimming pool is a novelty. The "museum" portion though is lacking. There are large swaths of space with nothing, which is strange...you feel like the place is in the process of finishing. There were many sculptures and pieces of furniture with no signage what so ever...which is odd for a museum. The "spa" portion is interesting, but again, not up to a true museum's standards. If you enjoy old museums, I highly recommend the Henry B. Plant museum in Tampa, FL. That is a small, but very well done example of what I expect in a museum.
Written 13 February 2020
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ChrisH
Frederick, MD524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Two adults visited here on a Tuesday in early January and really enjoyed ourselves. We had a 2pm boat tour, so we broke up the Lightner visit into two parts. Spent between three and four hours there. YMMV as we tend to read item descriptions.

One of the highlights was the demonstrations of their mechanical music instruments, like their original Nickelodeon box. Fascinating.

The museum is located in a former hotel and has several floors of interesting items, ranging from a lion given to Winston Churchill, to cut glass, an Egyptian mummy, a toaster collection, numerous pieces of antique furniture to buttons. The building itself is also interesting having the largest indoor pool (when it was built) in the country. The pool is now where their cafe is located.

The only complaint we can offer is that display items seemed to have less explanation cards the higher up in the museum that we went.
Written 15 January 2020
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kaributler75
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
Lightner museum is NOT accommodating to children with special needs. We bought passes to go with our group of 9 people and our 2 special need children were not allowed to go in per Nick and Irene. We have taken the trolly tour for 2 days and not been turned away from any other establishment. The kids were very disappointed that they were not allowed in.
Written 6 December 2020
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We recently spent three days exploring St. Augustine, and this was the first place we visited. We enjoyed the variety of interesting collections here and their setting in this beautiful and historic building. There were natural history specimens, historical artifacts, decorative arts items, European artwork, and much more. I especially loved the large display of glassware on display. We caught most of the demonstration of historical musical instruments, which was interesting. I was disappointed to miss the “Victorian Village” exhibit, which was closed, unfortunately. While we toured the top floor, which overlooks the centrally-located former sunken pool area, someone was playing piano in the café area below us, which created a lovely ambiance as we browsed the display.

We spent just under two hours here and enjoyed it all, especially this building’s lovely design and landscaping. Our admission was free through our NARM membership.
Written 24 January 2020
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Steven C
Seminole, FL1,097 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
My wife and I visited this museum during our recent visit to St. Augustine. The history and many unique items make this a must-see museum if you are in the area. The entry fee isn't that much and you can take as much or as little time as you want to walk through the extensive museum and courtyard.
Written 28 June 2022
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Lucy R
Cocoa, FL112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I often visit St Augustine but had not toured the Lightner in years. It is in the old Ponce de Leon Hotel, a beautiful late 19th century era building. (even if you don't tour the museum it is worth a stop just to walk around the property) My friend and I like old ceramics, crystal, etc and this museum has lots of that on display, as well as a wonderful collection of antique musical instruments, and so much more. There are a couple of excellent antique shops on the property, and a good restaurant too. We thought this would be a "wuick stop" but we ended up staying more than two hours. I DO think this museum is better suited for adults more than for children, so do keep that in mind.
Written 29 February 2020
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NJerseyTravelers
New Jersey81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This interesting collection of Gilded Age artifacts is a must see for aficionados of the period. The real star is the impressive architecture of the former Hotel Alcazar in which the museum is located. The building is also home to a former indoor swimming pool in which the Cafe Alcazar serves lunch from 11 to 3 each day.

We arrived around 10 AM on a Friday & found parking in the public lot behind the museum. Take the time to download the parking app and you can bypass the street meter kiosk. (ParkStAug.com). The app also allows you to add time to the meter without returning to the kiosk. We were able to fully enjoy all the exhibits at a leisurely pace in about 2 hours.
Written 1 April 2022
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LiamPamG26
Weaverville, NC47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Mr lightner is what we would call a hoarder, but in the past he was a collector! Indian artifacts, glass, furniture, musical instruments all in this museum. Do NOT go for the art. In my opinion you’d be disappointed. But, it’s a fun quirky place to see and a lovely old hotel
Written 16 February 2020
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Christy
St. Petersburg, FL23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
For the price, the collection left a lot to be desired. The navigation of the building was confusing and the displays were too diverse for coherence. The only cool part was seeing how the main hall used to be a swimming pool and the remnants of the spa.
Written 6 January 2020
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