Everything You Need to Know About the Lightner Museum

Visit one of the most impressive museums in St. Augustine during your next stay at Agustin Inn! The Lightner Museum has one of the best collections of fine and decorative 19th-century art in the United States! During your visit, take a self-guided tour, watch one of the demonstrations, or enjoy one of the special events at the museum.

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The History of the Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum, originally named “St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum of Hobbies,” opened in 1948, displaying the collections of Otto C. Lightner. Otto Lightner had accumulated an impressive array of artwork, antiques, and curios from many auctions and it was enough to start this St. Augustine staple! The Lightner Museum is in the former Alcazar Hotel, built in 1888.

Today, the museum aims to “preserve, maintain, research, and interpret” the works inside the museum as well as educate the public. Aside from the general exhibits, which showcase works of 19th-century art, the Lightner Museum also houses special collections.

Visiting the Museum

The Lightner Museum is open seven days a week, only closed on Christmas Day. Guided tours are by reservation only. Luckily, the museum’s self-guided tour is fantastic and will likely give you all the information you need on these fantastic exhibits. There is one specialty tour available to guests, which explores areas of the museum that are typically closed to the public. It lasts for approximately one hour and costs $45 per person. The tour is limited to 10 people and must be reserved ahead of time.

Grab a Snack

After visiting the Lightner Museum, enjoy a snack at Cafe Alcazar, the on-site cafe. It’s open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cafe is located behind the museum’s building, where the pool for the Alcazar Hotel used to stand.

Attend a Special Event

If you’re looking for the best New Year’s Eve party in St. Augustine, purchase a ticket for the Lightner Museum’s New Year Soiree! Ring in the new year with the museum, a champagne toast, and a balloon drop in the museum’s pool area. There will be a cash bar and small bites available at the soiree, so plan ahead for dinner. If you’re looking for a suggestion for an upscale dinner, check our blog! We’ve listed three of the best spots for fine dining in St. Augustine.

Stay at Agustin Inn

After visiting the Lightner Museum, return to the beautiful Agustin Inn for a night of relaxation. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of sliding between luxurious sheets after a day of exploring the Nation’s Oldest City! Each of our guestrooms features our 100% cotton sheets, so you know you’ll be sleeping in style!

Check our availability and book today. We look forward to having you!