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. 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 Historic Pool, Mezzanine, and Grand Lobby provide three unique venues for wedding receptions, wedding ceremonies, or cocktail functions. The Lightner Museum also features a spacious outdoor terrace and beautifully manicured courtyards for you and your guests to enjoy the Florida sunshine. 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 a lofty three-story ceiling and majestic twin staircases, provide ample space for wedding ceremonies, dining, and entertainment for up to 350 guests.
  • The spacious Outdoor Terrace is available to welcome guests into the venue, and for pre-reception cocktails and gatherings.
  • 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 or wedding ceremonies for up to 200 guests.
  • The Central, East, and West Courtyards are idyllic locations for an intimate wedding ceremony, outdoor pre-reception gatherings, and wedding portraits.
  • The Bridal Suite and Goom’s Suite are the perfect locations to relax and get ready before your big event.

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