Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, FL

75 King StreetSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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Covid Policy: The health and safety of all is a priority. Lightner Museum is working to reduce risk by requiring everyone in the Museum to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing. They have also implemented staff health checks; established a more frequent cleaning routine that includes a building-wide cleaning schedule; incorporated enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day, and installed hand-sanitizer stations throughout the Museum. Lightner Museum will continue to monitor and abide by federal, state, and city guidelines to inform our operations.


Located in the historic Hotel Alcazar, just steps from Flagler College in downtown St. Augustine, the Lightner Museum offers an immersive experience of architecture, art history, and design. Guests of all ages will enjoy the museum’s four and a half floors of beautiful, curious, and intriguing collections that are on display.

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Good To Know

  • Face masks are required.
  • Please be prepared to check large bags at the front desk.
  • Opened seven days a week.
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • Located in the heart of historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida.
  • Duration: 1-2 hours.
  • No food or drinks allowed. The only beverage permitted is water.
  • City metered parking is available behind the museum.


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The Lightner Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of visitors through their extraordinary collection, historic building, and dynamic exhibitions and programs. Founded in 1948 by Chicago publisher, collector, and professional hobbyist Otto C. Lightner, the museum offers an immersive experience of art, architecture, history, and design.

The museum occupies the former Alcazar Hotel, a Gilded Age resort hotel commissioned by railroad magnate Henry Flagler. Completed in 1888, the magnificent Spanish Renaissance Revival building was designed by the prominent architecture firm of Carrère and Hastings.

At the heart of the museum’s offerings are its compelling collections. From lamps by Louis Comfort Tiffany and exquisite shells and geological specimens from around the world to porcelain produced at Sèvres and Victorian mechanical musical instruments, the Lightner Museum’s collections are rich, eclectic, and always engaging.

Steeped in history, the Lightner Museum is not simply about the past. Just as Otto Lightner connected with people across America who wanted to enrich their lives through collecting, the Lightner Museum today offers new perspectives through its exhibitions, events, and educational programs.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lightner Museum

How long does it take to go through the museum?

This is a self-guided museum tour, so time spent can vary. Plan to spend about one to two hours, as it is spread through four and a half floors.

Is parking available?

There is a city-owned metered parking lot located directly behind the museum.  All metered parking spaces are free after 5 p.m. during the week, on Sundays, and on holidays. Please note, the museum does not have its own parking lot.

Are food and drink permitted inside the museum?

No, food or drinks are not permitted inside except for water.

Are backpacks allowed in the museum?

No, you must leave them with the front desk. If you must have your backpack, you must wear it on your front or side, or carry it.

Does the museum have a gift shop?

Yes, the gift shop is accessible to the public and located on the museum's first floor.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible. There are ramps on both sides of the building to arrive at the front door. The museum also has a limited number of wheelchairs for rental on a first-come, first-serve basis. The museum has an elevator that accesses each floor except into the historic pool.

Are dogs allowed in the museum?

The Lightner Museum complies with all ADA requirements and accepts service animals in the museum as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Lightner Museum does not allow Emotional Support Animals (ESA) or Comfort Animals, as they are not service animals as defined under the ADA.

All service animals and service animals in training entering the museum must be:

  • Well-behaved; quiet and not interacting with other museum visitors or exhibitions
  • Under the control of their handler at all times
  • Housebroken

Owners whose animals are not able to comply with these minimum standards will be asked to remove them from the building. They are welcome to return when the animals can comply with behavior expectations.