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The Lightner Museum

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Address: 75 King Street, P.O. Box 334, Saint Augustine, FL 32085
Phone Number: 904-824-2874
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Activities: Antiquing, Getting married
Description: Chicago publisher Otto C. Lightner opened this museum which features items...
Chicago publisher Otto C. Lightner opened this museum which features items of Victoriana, as well as a stained glass room by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
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Very good museum.

Excellent museum! Cost $10.00 per person to get in but well worth the price. The guide plaid all of the musical instruments for us even though they were very old. We were there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Excellent museum! Cost $10.00 per person to get in but well worth the price. The guide plaid all of the musical instruments for us even though they were very old. We were there two hours and had to leave and were no ways close to seeing everything. Will be going back for sure to see the rest.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

unsure if this visit will be worth it, we walked in and paid our $10 each with not much expectations. What an amazing piece of history that everybody visiting St Augustine should become aware of. The museum is well laid out with so many different phases of the past and so many items (collectables) gathered over a period of more... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Lighter was a collector of nearly 50,000 items from antiques to pictures made from cigar wrappings. He bought the old Alcazar Hotel in 1947 and filled it with his collection. You never know what you will see in the next room. Crystal glass ware or stained glass or Oriental furniture or stuffed animals like a lion and crocodile. Crazy but... More 

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saint Augustine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Really would be very silly to go to Saint Augustine and not visit this amazing place. The collections are not to be missed but the sense of American History just surrounds you .

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San Marcos, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Hadn't read much about this place until in St. Augustine....went mostly for the attraction of the old hotel, but the collections were a hoot. Wouldn't characterize the collected odds and ends as 'high-brow', but it appeared to me the guy (Lightner?) had enough money to buy what he saw that he liked. Ha! Good for him! So its very diverse... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Lightner Museum is contained inside one of Henry Flagler's hotels across the street from another Flagler hotel (now Flagler college). This beautiful building once served as a winter resort for the wealthy. The views from the ballroom over the old pool are fantastic and worth a long look. The museum itself is a collection of collections. From glass to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Not particularly interested in Victorian collections, but wanted to see the building after visiting Flagler College and learning that it was built as a hotel for the middle class by the same man who built the hotel which became part of Flagler. Demonstration of musical instruments was fascinating. Loved the signage about the use of various rooms when the building... More 

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York, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We just happened on this while walking about. The Alcazar Hotel is built around a lovely central garden with arcade shops on the ground floor. The Lightner Museum shows how Flagler built a building just for his guests to have a swimming pool and entertainment complex. The pool is gone now, and the restaurant sits on part of that area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

There are all sorts of interesting collections in this museum. We especially enjoyed the demonstration of antique musical instruments. If you are in St. Augustine, don't miss this museum.

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Granville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This venerable St. Augustine institution showcases a widely varied collection of artifacts from the 19th and 20th centuries, arranged in an interesting but dated style. We particularly enjoyed the stained glass, furniture, and the musical instruments. As interesting as the collections are, the building was even more so, and the opportunity to read about its history and the world's largest... More 

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