Lightner Museum, Saint Augustine

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75 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida 32084 904-824-2874

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    Lightner Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 20, 2013

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    I have not been to this museum since 1954 when I went with my parents. At that time, my dad mostly took photos of the buttons that were displayed because my grandmother collected buttons.

    The usual quote which is repeated in various websites comes from the museum's initial webpage.


    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 pictures of the Tiffany glass on their website look amazing, so this is definitely a place to go if you are interested in art deco, art nouveau or neo-classical design

    HOURS

    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., daily
    Last Admission: 4:00 p.m.
    (closed Christmas Day)

    CAFE ALCAZAR:
    11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Tuesday – Saturday

    ADMISSION
    ADULTS: $6.00
    CHILDREN 12-18: $2.00
    CHILDREN UNDER 12 (with adult): Free

    Like most museums, they do have a store on site which offers books, jewelry, ornaments, notecards, reproduction antiques, children’s games and gifts.

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    by doug48 Updated Oct 1, 2012

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    the lightner museum is housed in henry flagler's alcazar hotel. the alcazar was designed in the spanish renaissance style by architects carrere and hasting. carrere and hastings later designed the new york public library and the u.s. senate building. the museum has an interesting collection of sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. a worth while place to visit to see relics of america's gilded age.

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    Lightner Museum-the Best

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 12, 2011

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    This is by far one of the best museums we have been in. The structure was the Alcazar Hotel built in 1887 by Henry Flagler to draw tourist trade to the area and use his railroad lines. The museum collection is almost all from Otto Lightner, who was from Chicago, and collected items of all sorts/types. He had a publishing company and when the hotel popularity waned after the Depression, he purchased it in 1946 to hold his treasures. It is packed with glass wear, stained glass, cut glass, dinner ware, art works, sculptures, musical instruments, scientific pieces, stuffed animals, furniture, collections of many early 1900 era daily items like lighters, pipes, glasses, --and it continues. It even has couple of Louis Tiffany pieces, of maybe 6 done by him. This is a mix a many great items, and it is hard to imagine a person finding and saving so many things in his lifetime. The museum is three full floors, and the building is as ornate and unique as the pieces to show.
    The museum is open daily 9-5 and admission is $10, high but worth the price.

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    Lightner Museum

    by TexasDave Written Jun 17, 2008
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    Housed in a portion of the old Alcazar Hotel (built in 1887) this museum is comprised of the personal collection of Otto Lightner, a Chicago publisher. Emphasis is on elegant home furnishings, especially Tiffany stained glass, and other examples of late 19th century 'upper crust'.

    Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 12-18, under 12 free.

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  • hotel Alkazar restaurant

    by wdecobear Written Aug 20, 2007

    There is a fantastic restaurant in the hotel. It is where the worlds largest indoor salt water pool was. The food is fantastic as are the wait staff. super friendly. there is also live entertainment most days. it is a cool and refreshing retreat from the heat of St Augustine. Check it out, You will NOT be disapointed.

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    LIGHTNER MUSEUM

    by LoriPori Updated Jan 30, 2007

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    Lightner Museum

    Built in1887 in the Spanish renaissance style, The LIGHTNER MUSEUM was once the Hotel Alcazar, built by railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler. 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.
    Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Admission:
    Adults $8.00
    Children 12 to 18 $2.00
    Children under 12 Free

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    Museum of Americas Gilded age

    by Shihar Updated Feb 1, 2006

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    There are some very beautiful Tiffany works in this museum. There are 3 stories of costumes, furnishings, and artifacts from the 19th Century American life.

    There is also a Cafe Alacazar, a gift shop and a antique mall within the building.

    Open Daily 9-5 (not opened Christmas)

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    The Lightner Museum

    by meteorologist1 Written Dec 31, 2005
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    The Lightner Museum is located in the former Alcazar Hotel in the heart of historic St. Augustine. The museum showcases artifacts from America's Gilded Age (19th century) with furnitures, lamps, customes, glass, etc. The admission for adults is $8.00.

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    The Lightner (then air) Museum

    by heitzenrater Written Oct 3, 2005

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    Here to stay
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    The Lightner Museum in the Old City was one of three hotels built by the oil magnet Henry Flagler (founder of Standard oil with John D. Rockefeller) to house the rich and famous who wintered in Florida.

    Step back to the 19th century at the Lightner Museum in downtown St Augustine, the nation's oldest city, just 30 minutes south of Jacksonville. Beautiful exhibits include fine and decorative arts, unusual home furnishings, and Tiffany stained glass. The collections also include Victorian collectibles and costumes, and even mechanical musical demonstrations. The museum is in what was once the Alcazar Hotel, an historic landmark dating back to 1887 with a restaurant, the Café Alcazar, in the old massive swimming pool!

    Admission: Adults: $8; Children 12-18: $2; Children under 12: free.

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    Lightner Museum

    by frankcanfly Written Sep 5, 2005

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    I haven't been in here yet, but I'd like to see it on my next visit.

    It's the former Alcazar Hotel, built in 1888 by Henry Flagler.

    Inside I'll be able to see Victorian period memorabilia and Tiffany stained glass.

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    LIGHTNER MUSEUM

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    St. Augustine

    The museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, one of the hotels built by Henry Flagler. The museum has a collection of Victorian period memorabilia, stained-glass art by Louis Tiffany, paintings, sculpture, toys, porcelain and furniture.

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    See the Lightner Museum. A...

    by lourdesmaria Written Aug 26, 2002

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    See the Lightner Museum. A magnificient building that was formerly the winter residence of the Lightner family in the 19th century. Mr. Lightner was the editor of 'Hobbies' magazine and a collector of fine art, curios, and miscellaneous items.
    It's amazing how a collector's collection ends up taking over an entire building and then several storage facilities. Every room in this former mansion is full of the family's collectibles.

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    The Pool in the Lightner Museum

    by frankcanfly Written Sep 20, 2005

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    This is currently a cafe, but during the hotel's peak, it was a luxurious indoor pool. Over 120 feet long!

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