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
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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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Cristianne A
Braintree, Massachusetts
"One of the many beautiful places in Saint Augustine!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
Walking through Saint Augustine is something special. The town has many wonderful buildings, and The Lightner Museum is one of them. Being inside, in the garden, it makes you feel as you were in an old movie. It's a great atmosphere. I recommend the trip.
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Katherine W
"Beautiful and Unique Collections"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
There is so much to see. I'm not sure it's a place where you would want to take children; however, our group enjoyed it. The museum is filled with collections of everything from music boxes to buttons to furniture.
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Maria R
St. Augustine, Florida
"Best Attraction in Town"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2017 NEW
I have been to The Lightner many times and shall return again! One of the best kept secrets of St. Augustine - of course, you have to appreciate museums. There is something for every one. This was Henry Flagler's second hotel. Built for the more "common" guest with less extravaganza than the Ponce De Leon. It quickly became more popular due to the amenities it had to offer. It boasted the world's largest swimming pool (bath house) which today is a delightful restaurant. The hours are varied so check before you go. The collection of exhibits is incredible and make sure you attend the "music boxes" performance. You will not be disappointed!
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Springfield, Illinois
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2017 NEW
Went to go have lunch in the bath house; they closed due to the hurricane coming a few days later. The museum was a joke and the lady who was working just kept staring at us like we didnt belong there. Dont pay good money to go to this! Go to Flagler College and do their tour!
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"Lots of Artifacts packed into a Historic Hotel"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2017 NEW
Pros: Had some neat artifacts and art pieces on display. The history of the hotel itself was interesting and one of the docents was very knowledgeable about the hotel's history and was happy to share. Cons: Some exhibits were not well put together. Too much on display at once. Some displays that were supposed to be lit were not. Tips: Take your camera. Bring quarters - Limited metered parking is available on the side streets.
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