It should come as no surprise that a town with such a long and varied history would have such fantastic museums! Whether you’re intrigued by St. Augustine’s past or are looking for a unique experience, you won’t want to miss out on these attractions. Browse some of our favorite museums in St. Augustine, FL, and start planning your next getaway.
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Visit the Best Museums in St. Augustine, FL
Villa Zorayda Museum
Built in 1883 by Franklin W. Smith, the Villa Zorayda Museum is a wonderful example of classic Spanish architecture. It was modeled after the Alhambra, a Moorish palace in Spain. Today, visitors can admire the beautiful antiques housed in the museum. In the winter, they host candlelit tours through the museum.
St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum
Enjoy the best view in the city at the famous St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum! You’ll be able to tour the 1876 Keepers’ House as well as the tower itself, which features the original 1874 Fresnel lens. Check some of their special tours! The Dark of the Moon Tour is perfect if you’re in the mood for a spooky adventure.
Visit one of the best St. Augustine art museums! The Lightner Museum opened in 1948 with the intent to display the collection of famous millionaire Otto C. Lightner. It has since grown to an impressive selection of artworks, antiques, and curios from all over the world! The building in which it’s housed is a work of art as well. It’s in the former Alcazar Hotel, which was built in 1888.
St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
Ahoy, matey! Visit the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum for a swash-buckingly good time. There are over 800 artifacts in the museum, from gold coins to antique weapons. Learn about St. Augustine’s history with pirates, as well as some of this city’s most infamous visitors.
Spanish Military Hospital Museum
The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is one of the most unique spots in town! It details surgical procedures and medical practices of the late 18th-century. Learn about how colonial herbs, combined with knowledge from Europe and Africa, helped the Spanish settlers maintain an amazing survival rate.
St. Augustine History Museum
The St. Augustine History Museum is a great place to go if you just want an overview of the city. It covers everything from the founding of St. Augustine to the relationship formed between the city and Henry Flagler. It’s the best introduction to the history of the Nation’s Oldest City!
Mission of Nombre de Dios Museum
The Mission of Nombre de Dios is one of the best free museums in St. Augustine. Its main attraction is the famous wooden cross that Pedro Menendez de Aviles kissed when he landed on the shores of St. Augustine in 1565. Today, you can see the cross as well as tour the museum, which opened on the 445th anniversary of the founding of the city.
Said to be one of the most haunted attractions in town, the Old Jail in St. Augustine, also called the Old St. Johns County Jail or the Authentic Old Jail, is a must for any history buff. During your visit, you’ll be led through the jail by guides dressed in period inmate clothing and heard stories of the people who once occupied the cells.
Stay with Agustin Inn
After you’ve enjoyed the best museums in St. Augustine, return to a relaxing evening at Agustin Inn. We have a wonderful selection of charming guest rooms, each featuring fantastic amenities. In the morning, enjoy a delicious two-course, sit-down breakfast. Our menu is always designed to use fresh and local ingredients. We are happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions — simply let us know when you check in! There’s no better place to stay in St. Augustine, Florida.
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