The Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel in St. Augustine.

Lightner Museum

Enjoy an immersive experience of art and history in an iconic St. Augustine building.

Lightner Museum

(904) 824-2874

Across from Flagler College.
75 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Currently open.
Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Last admission at 3:30 p.m.

The Lightner Museum offers visitors an immersive experience of art, architecture, and history.

Founded by Chicago Publisher Otto Lightner in 1948, the museum presents compelling exhibitions and programs as well as Lightner's unique collection of Americana, fine and decorative art, and natural history specimens.

The museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel. Constructed in 1888 by Henry Flagler, the Alcazar was the railroad magnate's second grand hotel in St. Augustine. Designed by Carrère and Hastings, the Spanish Renaissance Revival hotel hosted thousands of guests who enjoyed its remarkable recreation facilities — including the world's largest swimming pool, Turkish and Russian steam baths, tennis courts, and a gymnasium. The Alcazar closed during the Depression, and in 1947 Otto Lightner purchased the museum and gifted it to the city. Lightner transformed the former Gilded Age resort hotel into an eclectic museum to house and show the art and artifacts he had collected for years.

Today, the heart of the Lightner Museum is its diverse and extraordinary collection, including lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany, American and European paintings, geological specimens and shells collected from all over the globe, and mechanical musical instruments of the Victorian era.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Lightner Museum presents an active schedule of exhibitions, events, and educational programs for visitors and the local community to enjoy.

Visitors can view unique collections and curious antiques at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine.
Visitors can view unique collections and curious antiques at the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine.

The Lightner Museum is located at 75 King Street in the historic downtown district, just across from Flagler College.

The museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. The Ballroom Gallery closes at 4:30 p.m. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Upcoming Events

EventDateTime
Photography of William Henry JacksonToday, February 21st, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Triumph of Nature: Art NouveauToday, February 21st, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Triumph of Nature: Art NouveauTomorrow, February 22nd, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm
Photography of William Henry JacksonTomorrow, February 22nd, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm
After Hours Tour in the Lightner: The Triumph of NatureTomorrow, February 22nd, 20246:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Triumph of Nature: Art NouveauFriday, February 23rd, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm
Photography of William Henry JacksonFriday, February 23rd, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm
STAAA: Beaux Arts BallFriday, February 23rd, 20246:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Triumph of Nature: Art NouveauSaturday, February 24th, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm
Photography of William Henry JacksonSaturday, February 24th, 20249:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lightner Museum

(904) 824-2874

Across from Flagler College.
75 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Currently open.
Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Last admission at 3:30 p.m.

Admission | Ticket Prices

OptionPrice
Adults (18 – 64)$19.00
Seniors (65+)$16.00
Military (with I.D.)$16.00
St. Johns County Resident$12.00
Youth (11 - 17)$12.00
Flagler StudentFree
Children (11 & under)Free

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