Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, FL

75 King StreetSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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Overview

Located in the historic Hotel Alcazar, just steps from Flagler College in downtown St. Augustine, the Lightner Museum offers an up-close look at antiquities and pieces from the American Gilded Age for guests of all ages. The museum’s three floors display elaborately decorated costumes, furnishings, musical instruments, and other signature artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Description

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Enjoy wandering through the museum's setting — the former Hotel Alcazar, built in 1887 in the Spanish Renaissance style. Railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler commissioned architects Carrere and Hastings to design the Alcazar and the Ponce de Leon Hotel (across the street). The two young architects later designed the New York Public Library and the U.S. Senate office building. After years of accommodating vacationing wealthy patrons, the elegant resort hotel closed.

Chicago publisher, Otto C. Lightner, purchased the building to house his extensive collection of Victoriana in 1946 and opened the museum two years later.

He gave the museum to the city of St. Augustine. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Antique mechanical musical demonstrations are offered twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Scavenger hunts are available for children.

The Lightner Museum is located in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida. It is 20 minutes from I-95, one hour from Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, and two hours from Disney World, Epcot Center and Cape Canaveral. The museum is handicapped and wheelchair accessible.

HOURS
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., daily
Last Admission: 4:00 p.m.
(closed Christmas Day)

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terri weston
Tampa, FL
5 Reviews
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"Step back in time"
June, 2016
Starting the tour and the teens were able to do a scavenger hunt which was a surprise to us all. Watching/listening to the music demonstration was awesome. Getting into the "fun bldg" of the alcazar and seeing the way these men enjoyed themselves for the season was really neat. Standing inside the largwst indoor swimming pool was an experience. And from the grandballroom the view was fabulous. The volunteer fuides with a ton of information really help to make the experience better
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Tip: Worlds largest indoor coed swimming pool. Huge desk with hidden drawers and cabinets gifted from napoleon.

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Danielle A
"Watered down version of Ripleys"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 15, 2018 NEW
I have no complaints about the museum - really, we just walked over to see it while waiting for the next tour at the Flagler Museum - which was much more interesting for the money! That being said, if you have the extra time and $13/person doesn’t sound too scary to you, I still recommend visiting this one!
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Marie489
St. Petersburg, Florida
"Walking Tour "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2018 NEW
Food walking tour. Our guide was Lynn Aothemund. Would do over again. Lynn was superb! We made numerous stops. Plenty of food. Eat a light breakfast. Food is over a 3 hour period. I was so full. No dinner was necessary. Lynn said every tour goes to different restaurants each time. Lynn was so educational. So enjoyed by myself and husband.
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ItisMeKathy
Pensacola, Florida
"Amazing museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 12, 2018 NEW
I was quite impressed with this museum, after having been to some of the more “tourist type” museums. Very enjoyable and would recommend!
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Heather K
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Collectors museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2018 NEW
We visited this museum on a Sunday morning in July. Pros: 1). The music demonstration (which includes a lot of history about the area and the building) was the best part. The staff member was both engaging and entertaining and played about 5 of the different instruments. 2). You get to walk through parts of the old Hotel Alcazar that are really interesting (steam room, sauna, pool) 3). The staff is so helpful and nice. The gift store is well stocked with interesting things. The women working at the store helped me to quickly purchase something for my mom (when she wasn’t looking) so that I could surprise her. 4). The various collections room on the first floor to the left of the music room was our favorite. They have an exhibit for a cane collection, toys, shaving cream mugs (yep, that use to be a thing), purses and so many more. 5). Don’t miss the child mummy. Cons: 1). It’s a little pricey 2). Some of the exhibit items seemed a bit random and not necessarily museum worthy.
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Barbara E
"This Museum could be so much More."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 10, 2018 NEW
The Lightner Museum, formerly Hotel Alcazar, has a fascinating, unique history that could be so much more clearly and effectively illuminated through better exhibits and materials; instead, the focus of the museum is on Otto Lightner's eclectic collections. The building is an attraction in itself, conceived by Flagler as a Gilded Age playground, gym and luxury spa that became an important St. Augustine community event and activities center for decades. The museum building and collections were exceptionally showcased during the 2017 Downton Abbey exhibition. It is a shame that the entire installation was removed when the costumes left. It could have been expanded over time to become something permanent. Now that the exhibition is completely gone, the main reason to visit the building is to have a excellent and delicious lunch at Cafe Alcazar, on the floor of the old indoor pool ~ it is always a delightful experience.
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