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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DiR46
Brisbane Australia
"A nice visit but Dressing Downton was the highlight"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2017 NEW
Our main reason for the visit was to see the Dressing Downton exhibition however the museum itself is worth a visit. Top marks for the staff who are very helpful, friendly and happy to assist - wonderful volunteers who endeavour to make your visit memorable. The music room is interesting and twice a day, the old instruments are demonstrated - definitely worth timing your visit for that. And to begin, you also get the history of the museum. Dressing Downton though was the highlight. Wonderful to see the costumes from a show that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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FLA-couple33709
St. Petersburg, Florida
"OK Museum."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
We went when they had the Dressing Downtown Exhibition. The museum was not one of our favorites. We would suggest save your money on this one and don't go.
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RLWOrangePark
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
"Very Nice Museum Displaying the Dressing Downton Exhibit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
This has been a museum we have been wanting to visit for a long time and decided to do so recently since we are Downton Abbey TV show fans and the museum was one of only a few museums in the country that had the privilege to display the "Dressing Downton" Exhibit. . First, there are 2 floors of normal museum exhibits showing everything from paintings, sculptures, stuffed animals, china, crystal, pottery, clothes, housewares, furniture, American Indian and African exhibits, etc. On the 3rd floor was the very large and well displayed exhibit showing the costumes worn by the Downton Abbey actors as well as the fashion and furniture of the 1912-1920 era.
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armadia
Sun City Center, Florida
"Interesting collection of collections, but it was the Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit that made it special!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
The Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. The hotel was at the peak of its popularity during the 1890’s. More than 25,000 guests visited the Alcazar during those early winter seasons and countless more used the recreational facilities of the casino. For the pleasure of the guests, there was the world’s largest indoor swimming pool at the time, the grand ballroom, sulfur baths, a steam room, massage parlor, a gymnasium, a bowling alley, archery ranges, tennis courts and a bicycle academy. Today it is home to one of the best collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country. From typewriters to Tiffany, Otto Lightner’s collection of fine and decorative art from the 19th century is impressive and extensive. The Museum’s eclectic collection ranges from a mummy, shrunken heads,human hair art, cigar labels, buttons, salt and pepper shakers, to Tiffany glass, cut glass, porcelain, fine art paintings, furniture and sculpture all housed throughout the four floors of the original Alcazar Hotel. However, it was the Downton Abbey Costume Exhibit that brought us to this museum, and we weren't disappointed. The costumes were from the show, but the outstanding furnishings and decoration were from the museum's collection. They were perfect! They give you an hour, which is plenty, but no one checked, so you could probably stay longer. $20 with $5 off for seniors, military, college students, and 12-17 year olds. Children 11 and younger get in free. See my review of the Alcazar Cafe which is inside this museum.
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Debbie0791
Orlando, Florida
"A hidden Treasure!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2017 NEW
Sometimes museums have such old pieces that you can't connect but the Lightner has pieces from late 1800-1900 that we have all seen in our great-grandparents or grandparents pictures or homes so it was really fun to see them collected in a way that was easy to view.
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