Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler.
Today it is home to one of the finest collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country.

The Museum is open to the public seven days a week and features self-guided tours, group tours by reservation for adults and children, and demonstrations of antique mechanical musical instruments.

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Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is at 4:00 p.m.

Ballroom Gallery closes at 4:30 p.m.
Seven days a week, 363 days a year
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Hours may vary for some holidays, such as Christmas Eve.

Please be prepared to leave large bags and backpacks at the front desk. No gum, food, or drinks other than water. Also no selfie sticks or tripods. Thank you!

The stained glass is undergoing restoration and has been placed in storage until the projects have been completed.

The Museum

Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Morrison Flagler (1830-1913). The hotel was often called “the castle of happy returns.”

The hotel was at the peak of its popularity during the 1890’s. More than 25,000 guests visited the Alcazar during those early winter seasons and countless more used the recreational facilities of the casino. For the pleasure of the guests, there was the world’s largest indoor swimming pool at the time, the grand ballroom, sulfur baths, a steam room, massage parlor, a gymnasium, a bowling alley, archery ranges, tennis courts and a bicycle academy.

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Adults | $15
Senior (65+)  | $12
College Student | $12
Active Military & Veterans | $12
12-17 Year Old | $8
11 and Younger |  Free

Flagler College Students | Free

St. Johns County Residents | Free on Sundays

Antique mechanical music demonstrations – 11 a.m. daily – AS OF MARCH 14TH, THERE WILL BE NO MUSIC DEMONSTRATIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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“Took several outstanding tours. The history of the building was appreciated and seeing the original staff rooms was an unexpected bonus. The tour guide was excellent. She showed true excitement and knowledge.”


“I spent the afternoon here with my mother and it was not disappointing. If you like museums, this little gem is like a trip back in time. I recommend allowing yourself a good 4 hours to really “see” everything.”

L. Robbins

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