Florida’s Lightner Museum
The Lightner Museum is located on King Street in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. The Museum was originally built as the Hotel Alcazar and was constructed and decorated in a Spanish Renaissance Style. In 1946, Otto Lightner purchased the hotel to house his Victoriana Collection. In 1948, Mr. Lightner reopened the three story building as the Lightner Museum, which celebrates the clothing, furnishings, art, and more from the 19th century, also known as the Guided Age.
The lobby has been restored to its original Alcazar Hotel grandeur, and welcome guests into the museum with its charm and beauty. The museum houses a neoclassic rocking chair from Europe’s 19th century, Malachite urn from the palace of the Russian Czar during 1830, as well as cut glass from 19th Century America.
Also featured are a sculpture of Cleopatra from Raffaelo Romanello, Louis Bonaparte’s Grande Escritoire made between 1806-1810 in the French tradition, and a painting by Leon Comerre entitled “Maid at the Door”, which is from 19th century France.
The Lightner Museum features a gift shop where you can purchase postcards, books, jewelry, antique reproductions, gifts, and children’s toys and games. You can also enjoy lunch at the Cafe’ Alcazar located on the grounds.
Hours of Operation
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, and closed on Christmas. Incoming patrons are only allowed until 4 p.m. to allow visitors to have plenty of time to enjoy the displays. The Cafe’ is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Cost of Admission
Children (12-18) $ 5.00
*Children under 12 are admitted for free with a paying adult
Adults $ 6.00
Children $ 5.00
*Groups must be 10 or more persons with advanced reservation being required.
The museum is located at 75 King Street in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida, just twenty minutes from Interstate 95.
For further information, or to make group reservations, please call (904) 824-2874 for the Lightner Museum, or (904) 824-7813 for the Alcazar Cafe. Additionally you can visit the website at www.lightnermuseum.org