Lightner Museum in St. Augustine, FL

75 King StreetSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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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.


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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.

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
Tip: Worlds largest indoor coed swimming pool. Huge desk with hidden drawers and cabinets gifted from napoleon.

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Rhonda M
"Beautiful, amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 20, 2017 NEW
The Lightner Museum is beautiful. Neat history. Loved the tour, just looking at all of the collections there. It's worth the time.
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joe s
Baltimore, Maryland
"again senior vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2017 NEW
wow,amazing,very interisting place, if you have a chance get a visit,you will not be sorry, again a lot to learn.
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Birmingham, Alabama
"Awesome Architecture"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2017 NEW
This was one of the most amazing places we visited in St. Augustine. It's architecture surpasses anything we saw in St. Augustine. We loved it.
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sandy a
Greenville, South Carolina
"Vacation with 3 Grandkids"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2017 NEW
This museum was one of our favorite tours while in St Augustine. Our Grandkids are ages 8,12 and 20 and they gave this museum a thumbs up. We encountered a staff member and she gave us an informative overview of the history of the multi-story building as well as how the museum collection came to St Augustine. Mr. Lightner capitalized on the misfortunes of wealthy northerners during the Depression years. Most of the collections and artifacts were purchased for a fraction of their worth. This is a worthwhile self-guided tour. Elevators and seating along the way are available.
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"Must see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2017 NEW
The lighter museum is a must see while in st.augustine. We visited 7/14/17 and were amazed at the treasures this museum houses.The collections mr. Lighter collected over the years is simply amazing. There are 3 floors to see. and what we thought would be an hour trip turned into about demonstration also very interesting.
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