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St. Augustine Lightner Museum

St. Augustine Lightner Museum

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St. Augustine Lightner Museum

The St. Augustine Lightner Museum takes you back in time and gives you a glimpse into 19th century daily life and its opulence at the Alcazar Hotel.

St. Augustine Lightner Museum Tour Highlights:

bullet Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
bullet Victorian art glass and the stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.
bullet Museum Store with replicated antiques.
   
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Relics of America's Gilded Age are elegantly exhibited on the museum's three floors. Costumes, furnishings, mechanical musical instruments and other artifacts give you a glimpse into 19th century daily life. The Lightner collection includes beautiful examples of cut glass, Victorian art glass and the stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The lobby of the museum has recently been restored to the opulence of its early days as the Alcazar Hotel.

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.
Enjoy wandering through the museum's setting as 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 Lightner Museum Store offers an eclectic collection of books, jewelry, ornaments, notecards, reproduction antiques, children's games and gifts.

The Lightner Museum provides a spectacular setting for corporate and private functions. Award ceremonies, dinners and dances can be memorable evenings held in the museum's elegant environment.

Include in your visit lunch at the Cafe Alcazar directly behind the museum in the former hotel indoor swimming pool. CAFE ALCAZAR HOURS: 11:30AM TO 3:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday.

Interior of Lightner Museum
Interior of museum, formerly the hotel 's spa

Courtyard of the Alcazar
Courtyard of the Alcazar,
Felix de Crano, St. Augustine, Florida, 1903

Lobby of Lightner Museum
THE LOBBY OF THE MUSEUM has recently been restored to the opulence of its early days as the Alcazar Hotel.

Lightner Museum Giftshop
Lightner Museum Giftshop

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