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Lightner Museum, Saint Augustine

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
Immerse yourself in America's Gilded Age at Lightner Museum, where you'll be surrounded by Victorian-era antiquities. These collections are inside the Spanish Renaissance Revival-style Hotel Alcazar, originally built it 1887 and on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum, with three stories of artifacts from 19th-century life, is perhaps most well-known for its stained-glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and its Music Room, which is filled with instruments from the turn of the 20th century. Other exhibits include its first-floor Victorian village re-creation. Work out when and for how long to visit Lightner Museum and other Saint Augustine attractions using our handy Saint Augustine travel itinerary maker.
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  • Very beautiful building. Enjoyed many artifacts. Must see the court yard. Hope you get to see the music player demonstration. 
  • We really enjoyed learning the history of this beautiful place and enjoyed viewing Mr. Lightner's collection. 
  • We got off the Trolley to see this museum and spent 90 minutes on tour. You must take the time to be there at 11am to see all the musical instruments be played by a volunteer! Wow. Elevators or stairs...  read more »
  • They have an impressive collection of artifacts! This was my husband's favorite stop in St. Augustine. There were several things that stood out in this three story museum. For starters, they have Winston Churchill's lion... Stuffed, but still, I did not realize he owned a lion. Second, I should mention this used to be the Hotel Alcazar which was known for its amenities; one in particular being the bath house on the second floor -we had to get pictures! However, what was most impressive was the pool. Where the cafe and shops on the first floor are now located used to be a swimming pool! They have photos and descriptions on the third floor that depict how during special occasions, musicians would float around on a boat while guests swam! I highly recommend the museum, but if you decide against it, at least go see the cafe to see the pool!
  • Beautiful art and architecture of the building and the wonders that are inside. They should however invest more in fixing the wonderful old musical instruments there and renovations to the building itself and some of the art. Last time I was there some of the light bulbs were out in the ground floor so I couldn't see some of the old collection items. I think renovating this building to be LEED certified like they did for the old government building would help a lot and save money in the long run. It is an asset to Saint Augustine and the city should fund more into preserving it.
  • This exceeded my expectations by far. A large collection of interesting things to pique our curiosity and encourage us to explore all of the avenues that life has to offer. It think this would be great for people of all ages (we saw children, teens, adults, seniors, etc). I highly encourage this to everyone. It's a great way to broaden your horizons and experience art, culture, history, etc. And it was only $10 total for both of us with the Groupon. Plus, I believe they will let you back inside the very next day (for free) if you didn't finish looking at everything on your first visit.
  • Fabulous collection in the most stunning building! Don't miss this beautiful museum when you visit St. Augustine.
  • Quirky collection of ephemera. Check out the music collection! Several times a day the docents will play the machines which is pretty neat. Also a good chance to see the inside of the old hotel.
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