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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  • metrochica
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun and quirky museum
    The Lightner Museum was such a fun treat. It's a museum of curiosities or hobbies as founder Otto Lightner called it. So there's a bit of everything to see from player pianos, minerals, scientific machines of the Victorian age, glassware, magnificent furniture, a dinosaur egg, and Winston Churchill's lion, Rota! The museum is located in the gorgeous, former Hotel Alcazar dating back to 1887. This is such a bonus because you can wonder parts of the former Victorian spa including the former Russian bath and eat in a café set in what was the largest swimming pool of its time. We ate at the café which had yummy sandwiches. The gift shop is also quite nice. It's 3 floors of fun.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Karen C
    Bluffton, South Carolina575 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good museum for a rainy day
    Very eclectic museum. The building it is in was a hotel that had the largest indoor pool, as well as spas and other facilities used in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. Great way to spend a few hours especially on a rainy day
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Mary G
    Boston, Massachusetts60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique and incredible museum within a museum!
    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.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Valerie G
    North Port, Florida216 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 States226 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
    Georgia699 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 Carolina2 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
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Linda A
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
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
Written 11 April 2024
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JLow
Mooresville, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 2 March 2024
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William Craig D
Washington DC, DC11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
An odd museum but could be worth visiting. Overall, the objects very professionally presented, but the layout of the place (inherited from its days as a hotel, with Front and Back sections on each floor) proved to be VERY confusing. A number of staircases were no longer available, with some sections only accessible by the elevator.
Our expectations were off the mark. We had looked forward to a celebration of some of the odder hobby collections Lightner solicited in his magazine. One section did have a case of salt and pepper shakers and another case of Toby Jugs. However, we found the many startling decorative elements he took from vanishing Chicago mansions to be a real discovery for us and a lot of fun.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, but I would recommend a map guide with directions and suggested routes; fewer frustrated visitors conferring with each other repeatedly in the museum's elevator as to how to proceed next.
One very nice feature is that the ticket is good for the whole day. We visited in the morning and found it worthwhile to come back in the afternoon.
Written 26 February 2024
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journalmytrips
Georgia699 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 20 February 2024
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LAW64
Tonbridge, UK1,810 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This museum is located in a beautiful historic building. The contents of the museum do not relate to St Augustine but are mostly the collection of a donor who liked to collect items relating to different hobbies. When we visited there was a separate Art Deco exhibition which was good. The cafe was not open early in the day.
Written 11 February 2024
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Laine M
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful building and exhibit. Enjoyed the art and special exhibit on the third floor. Especially loved the glass and stained glass collection.
Written 21 January 2024
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Vacationeer_9
Topeka, KS79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We always try to include at least one museum in our travels, so this was it. Took a quick trip through (got a little bored), but the architecture of the building is worth seeing. Beautiful. The exhibits were average. Kind of a hodgepodge of items.
Written 21 January 2024
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Vacationqueen1111
Omaha, NE255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We enjoyed visiting the museum and reading the history of the hotel that was previously on the site. The various hobby collection items were interesting as well. Their glass and porcelain exhibits were beautiful!
Written 7 January 2024
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Jay
Florida649 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The museum is amazing. The collection has a little bit of everything. You can see a lot of history about both the town and in general in this museum. The swimming pool is definitely worth checking out.
Written 20 December 2023
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GoBlueinColorado
United States226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 18 December 2023
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