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)

Reserve St. Augustine Customer Reviews

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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David M
Jacksonville, Florida
"Excellent air conditioning "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2017 NEW
This museum was definitely worth the ten dollars to get in. All kinds of different artifacts. Much different than your normal art museum. Lots of old furniture clocks and pottery amongst other things. A nice cafe restaurant in the old pool and it is very relaxing and romantic. 3 floors and yes it has an elevator. We had a very nice time
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Boston, Massachusetts
"Unusual collection"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 28, 2017 NEW
The best part of touring this museum was seeing the wonderful old hotel. I called the collection "eclectic"; one friend called Mr. Lighter "a hoarder." Don't miss the music box demo.
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Mount Dora, Florida
"2017-53 19th Century Art"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2017 NEW
This Museum is a museum of antiquities, mostly American Gilded-Age pieces, housed within the historic Hotel Alcazar building in the center of downtown St Augustine, across from Flagler College. Built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. Today is the home of the best collections of fine and decorative 19th Century Art in the country. The garden inside the building with the fishing pond is very well kept.
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Boston, MA
"Beautiful building, fascinating history, and excellent staff but museum collection was a bit haphazard and strange"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2017 NEW
I really loved the building architecture, the surrounding fountains and grounds, and the ballroom level with the former swimming pool turned restaurant/cafe. The exhibited artifacts, however, were mostly odds and ends, knick-knacks, quirky collectibles, semi-precious stones, taxidermy items, musical instruments, dolls, cigar labels, stained glass, lamps, dresses, etc etc etc. If you can think of any household or consumer object, it's probably in the museum. It's like a museum for hoarders. But overall, a fascinating visit considering that there are very few museums that will house items like this from the past. So if you love nostalgia and collectibles, this would be a good choice for you. If you don't like hoarders, clutter, or knick-knacks then I would skip this and just enjoy the landscaping, architecture, and grounds.
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Baltimore, Maryland
"Eclectic Museum!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2017 NEW
The Lightner Museum is located in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. We decided to go there after our lunch in the Café Alcazar, and we are so glad that we did. What an interesting museum offering collections of fine and decorative 19th century art. Because we are members of our local museum in Baltimore, we were offered a reciprocal reduced price. You enter through a well-stocked gift shop. Otto Lightner’s collection is very eclectic and extensive. On the four floors of the original Alcazar Hotel, you will see everything from mummies, shrunken heads, human hair art, cigar labels, buttons, salt and pepper shakers, Tiffany glass, cut glass, porcelain, fine art paintings, furniture and sculpture. They even had an exhibition dedicated to the “Downton Abbey” series. The building was impressive and ahead of its time by offering a casino, the world’s largest indoor swimming pool, the grand ballroom, sulfur baths, a steam room, massage parlor, a gymnasium, a bowling alley, archery ranges, tennis courts and a bicycle academy.
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