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.


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, 364 days a year
Closed Christmas Day

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

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

Sections of the museum are being renovated.

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

Level 3F is temporarily closed to set up a museum exhibition.

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.

Programs & Events

Lightner After Hours

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Curator’s Tour

November 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Adventures in Collecting

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


New $100 individual membership program offers a variety of benefits as a token of our appreciation.

Your membership donation enhances the on-going exhibitions, programs, and general operations at Lightner Museum.

Annual Membership Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited free admission for museum member, plus a 25% discount off general admission for up to four guests per visit
  • A 10% discount in the Museum Store
  • A 10% discount off lunch at Cafe Alcazar
  • North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association benefits
  • And more!

Purchase Tickets

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. & 2 p.m. daily

Weddings & Events

The historic charm and grandeur of Lightner Museum creates a majestic backdrop for weddings and special events. With the ability to host both intimate weddings and large events for up to 250 guests, along with several stunning indoor and outdoor locations, the Lighter Museum is unmatched in its versatility. Click below to explore our venue spaces, see our weddings packages, and learn more about this unique St. Augustine wedding venue.

Specialty Tours

The Lightner Museum offers specialty adult tours for an enhanced visitor experience. Join us for a Behind the Lightner – Upstairs/Downstairs tour.

“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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