Best Museums in St. Augustine

The exterior of the Lightner Museum

Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is a living museum as the Nation's Oldest City.  Visitors from all over the world travel to this small coastal town to admire beautiful Spanish architecture and learn about how the city was established and grew into a coveted destination for wealthy elitists in the late 1800s. 

St. Augustine is host to dozens of museums, showcasing art, antiquities, and artifacts from several time periods. Here is our list of top St. Augustine museums to ensure a memorable vacation!

Colonial Quarter

Travel back in time at the Colonial Quarter and learn how people lived during the early years of St. Augustine's settlement.  Discover how a blacksmith forged, witness re-enactments of 17th-century musket firings, and view the city from the 35-foot high watchtower. The Colonial Quarter also plays host to dozens of live concerts throughout the year, as well as restaurants and shopping.

Address: 43 St George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum (pictured above), formerly the Hotel Alcazar, was built by Henry Flagler in the late 1800s. O.C. Lightner purchased the hotel and converted it into a storage facility for his 19th-century collection of art, furniture, and antiquities.  Do not miss the demonstration that takes place twice a day in The Music Room, where visitors can listen to a nickelodeon and orchestrions.

Address: 75 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Climb 219 steps to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse for the best view of the Historic District and Anastasia Island.  Explore the history of the lighthouse and view artifacts discovered by local archeologists off the shores of the city.

Address: 81 Lighthouse Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32080

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

Ahoy mateys!  Raise the Jolly Roger and visit the Pirate & Treasure Museum, located across the street from the Castillo de San Marcos.  Learn about how pirates lived, what tools they used, and how St. Augustine was involved in their history.

Address: 12 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084

Spanish Military Hospital

The Spanish Military Hospital is the only St. Augustine museum that focuses on the 18th century Second Spanish Period.  Witness surgical demonstrations, medicine formulation, and learn how the sick were cared for during this fascinating period of history.

Address: 3 Aviles St, St. Augustine, FL 32084

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