Educate Yourself at These Fun and Fascinating Museums!
When you visit a place as thoroughly immersed in history as St. Augustine, you’d be remiss not to take the chance to see one of the many intriguing museums in the area. Whether your interests lie in maritime history, old-fashioned weaponry, pirates, African American history, or art from the Gilded Age, you’re sure to find a museum to pique your curiosity. Read on to learn more about our favorite museums in St. Augustine!
1. Excelsior Museum and Cultural Center
In the spirit of St. Augustine’s rich African-American history, the Excelsior Museum and Cultural Center operates out of what was once St. Augustine’s first black public high school. The museum contains exhibits on the history of Lincolnville, runaway slaves who built Fort Mose, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, entrepreneurs, black social and historical societies, and black churches in the area. It also houses Ray Charles’ piano from his performance at the School for the Deaf and Blind, as well as local photographs and artwork.
12:30pm – 4:30pm Thursday through Saturday
2. Lightner Museum
Housed in the former Hotel Alcazar, the Lightner Museum is the embodiment of the Gilded Age—right down to its foundation, when it was built in the Spanish renaissance style in 1887. Today, the three floors of the museum showcase the extravagance of the Hotel Alcazar during its glory days, as well as furnishings, costumes, mechanical musical instruments, and other artifacts from the era.
9:00am – 5:00pm Daily Closed on Christmas Day
$5 – $10
ID Required for Students and Military
Free for Children 11 Years and Under
3. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum
A museum dedicated to the Nation’s Oldest Port, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum allows visitors of all ages to learn about local and national preservation efforts and maritime archaeological research. The museum also features interactive exhibits where children can uncover clues from a shipwreck and explore the lighthouse tower. Children must be 44” or taller in order to climb the lighthouse; children who do not meet this height requirement will receive free admission to the museum.
9:00am – 6:00pm Daily
9:00am – 7:00pm Summers and Holidays
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Closed During Inclement Weather
$11 – $30
Free for Children Under 44” Tall
4. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
Hosting the world’s largest assortment of genuine artifacts and interactive exhibits related to all things pirate, St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum will appeal to the swashbuckler in anyone. Inside, you can find rare treasures from a real shipwreck, one of the only two remaining Jolly Roger flags in existence, the Book of Pirates, the world’s only pirate chest, and a below-deck experience of Blackbeard’s last battle designed by Disney’s Imagineers. Unlock your inner Captain Jack!
10:00am – 7:00pm Daily
$7 – $14
Free for Children 4 Years and Under
5. Ripley’s – Believe It or Not
Featuring a host of oddities like a motorcycle made from bones, shrunken heads, and an exhibit on a headless chicken, Ripley’s Believe It or Not has cultivated its reputation as a museum dedicated to extraordinary wonders and seemingly impossible occurrences. The museum is comprised of over three hundred exhibits and artifacts and nineteen themed galleries. What’s inside? You’ll have to visit to find out!
9:00am – 8:00pm Daily
12:00pm – 5:00pm Christmas Day
$7 – $24
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