An icon in the heart of the downtown historic district, the Lightner Museum has been the site of St. Augustine's A-list celebrations since 1888.

The Lightner Museum was built by millionaire developer and Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler as an entertainment center for the luxurious Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College.) It once featured the world’s largest indoor swimming pool. In the 1940s, Chicago publisher Otto Lightner purchased the building and converted it into a museum to house his extensive collection of Gilded Age artwork, antiques, and curios.


The historic charm and grandeur of the Lightner Museum sets the perfect stage for your wedding or celebration. The unique layout of the Historic Pool and Mezzanine creates an unparalleled experience for wedding ceremonies and receptions. For your cocktail hour, you can take advantage of the magnificent architecture of the Grand Lobby. The historic corridors and beautifully manicured grounds of the museum also provide innumerable opportunities for wedding portraits on your big day.


Be a part of the history, art, and culture of the nation’s oldest city by choosing the Lightner Museum as your St. Augustine wedding venue, or location for your next special event!


  • The Historic Pool and Mezzanine, with its lofty three-story ceiling and majestic twin staircases, provides ample space for wedding ceremonies, dining, and entertainment for up to 225 guests.
  • The Grand Lobby, with its exquisite crystal chandeliers and natural light streaming in from three beautifully manicured courtyards, is the perfect venue for pre-reception cocktails. Depending on your guest count, the first floor of the museum’s eclectic collection of antiquities may also be available for your guests to enjoy.
  • Our two private suites, the Otto Lightner Lounge and Maria Jefferson Lounge, are included with your rental of the Lightner Museum. These are ideal locations to do final preparations before you say “I do.”


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