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
Verified Traveler
"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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burdsa
Iowa
"Excellent experience for persons with varied interests!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2018 NEW
Lightner was our first stop on our recent visit, and well worth the reputation that preceded it. Originally built as a hotel during the Gilded Age, many of the original features are still showcased, including the original baths. The architecture is lovely, and well maintained. We were there during the holiday Nights of Lights and the overall view is magical! There are many fascinating exhibits. Try to attend the musical mechanical instrument demo, when one of the docents plays varied pieces of the period. We were fortunate enough to catch the temporary exhibit showing the costumes of Downton Abbey, which were so detailed, delicate and intricate and showcased in period settings. Other exhibits include an amazing collection of crystal, a stained glass display, and a very eclectic collection of items Lightner purchased from fellow affluent Chicagoans after the stock market fell and they were forced to liquidate valuables. Some of the furniture pieces that were in the Downton display were from Lightner's storerooms and were truly magnificent. Don't know how much is from permanent display, but this truly is a museum with something for everyone!
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DecoratingArtist
Lake Worth, Florida
"Oasis!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2018 NEW
This museum is a delightful oasis in a rather gritty downtown area. It was beautiful, peaceful, interesting and a joy to tour.
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firecrackerbly
Woodbury, New Jersey
"Don't waste your time looking at some guys old stuff"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2018 NEW
So, while there are some nice things in the museum, like Tiffany and crystal and what not, why would anyone spend time and money looking at some wealthy guys collection of old buttons, banana stickers, cigar labels and toasters? Being old or having too many of something doesn't make it interesting.
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Irene R
DeKalb, Illinois
"Quirky collection in a historic building"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
There are some odd things in this collection, many purchased by a wealthy man from formerly rich people who lost their fortunes during the great depression. Not everything will entrance you, but if you have any curiosity at sll, something will catch your eye. Maybe a very old typewriter or the kind of phonograph that had a horn loudspeaker and played cylinder recordings, or the kinds of handicrafts made by rich women with too little to do, such as elaborate decorations made out of shells. From stuffed animals and birds to elaborately decorated and carved clocks, much of the collection has a Victorian feel. The building used to be an entertainment center for wealthy snowbirds, the former swimming pool is now an elegant dining room.
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Wendie B
Lake Buena Vist
"Great place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
So enjoyed the museum. Wished we had more time to spend there. Visited every floor and enjoyed it all.
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