Trip Planner:   USA  /  Florida  /  St. Augustine  /  Museums  /  Lightner Museum

Lightner Museum, St. Augustine

(4.3/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
Immerse yourself in America's Gilded Age at Lightner Museum, where you'll be surrounded by Victorian-era antiquities. These collections are inside the Spanish Renaissance Revival-style Hotel Alcazar, originally built it 1887 and on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum, with three stories of artifacts from 19th-century life, is perhaps most well-known for its stained-glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and its Music Room, which is filled with instruments from the turn of the 20th century. Other exhibits include its first-floor Victorian village re-creation. Work out when and for how long to visit Lightner Museum and other St. Augustine attractions using our handy St. Augustine travel itinerary maker.
Create a full St. Augustine itinerary
map

Plan your trip to St. Augustine

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in St. Augustine by other users

4 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Florida BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in St. Augustine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, relaxing, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, outdoors, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 9 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in St. Augustine BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We've visited the Lightner for external photos during the holidays and finally visited the museum. We were sorry we waited so long and plan a return visit soon to check out what we missed. A very ecle...  more »
  • With four daughters ranging from 7 to 14, we wanted to find something enjoyable to do in St. Augustine on a rainy day. This museum fit our bill. Classical music playing, beautiful items on display, it...  more »
  • Mr. Lightner's collections are simply amazing. The building was originally a grand hotel built by Henry Flagler. Lightner filled it with his collections of grand things collected from around the world...  more »
Google
  • They have an impressive collection of artifacts! This was my husband's favorite stop in St. Augustine. There were several things that stood out in this three story museum. For starters, they have Winston Churchill's lion... Stuffed, but still, I did not realize he owned a lion. Second, I should mention this used to be the Hotel Alcazar which was known for its amenities; one in particular being the bath house on the second floor -we had to get pictures! However, what was most impressive was the pool. Where the cafe and shops on the first floor are now located used to be a swimming pool! They have photos and descriptions on the third floor that depict how during special occasions, musicians would float around on a boat while guests swam! I highly recommend the museum, but if you decide against it, at least go see the cafe to see the pool!
  • Beautiful art and architecture of the building and the wonders that are inside. They should however invest more in fixing the wonderful old musical instruments there and renovations to the building itself and some of the art. Last time I was there some of the light bulbs were out in the ground floor so I couldn't see some of the old collection items. I think renovating this building to be LEED certified like they did for the old government building would help a lot and save money in the long run. It is an asset to Saint Augustine and the city should fund more into preserving it.
  • Very cool place to take a walk thru. The collections are very broad in scope and the actual building and history is amazing!
  • This exceeded my expectations by far. A large collection of interesting things to pique our curiosity and encourage us to explore all of the avenues that life has to offer. It think this would be great for people of all ages (we saw children, teens, adults, seniors, etc). I highly encourage this to everyone. It's a great way to broaden your horizons and experience art, culture, history, etc. And it was only $10 total for both of us with the Groupon. Plus, I believe they will let you back inside the very next day (for free) if you didn't finish looking at everything on your first visit.
  • Nice museum. The staff are very relaxed and knowledgeable if you wish to chat to them. I recommend you do if time allows