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The Lightner Museum

75 King Street, P.O. Box 334, Saint Augustine, FL 32085
904-824-2874
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Antiquing, Getting married
Description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

This museum is unlike any other. Very interesting if you view it all and contemplate the man himself. The music box demonstration was beautiful. Only negative was the woman doing the demonstration. She was very soap boxy about a lot of issues and gave personal opinions about which musical box/instruments she liked and didn't. I want to make that decision... More

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West Simsbury, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

The museum has an amazing collection lots things, but really does not have a coherent collection of anything. The building is very cool and there are very cool individual pieces within the collection, however it wasn't my favorite museum in St. Augustine.

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West Central Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

After hearing all the stories about the philanthropy of Flagler on the trolley tours, be sure to spend at least a couple of hours in the Lightner if for no other reason than to view the building and imagine what it was like in it's hey day as premier hotel. At one time, the world's largest indoor swimming pool was... More

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Rotonda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We spent four hours here and could've stayed longer if we had more stamina. Four floors of the former Alcazar Hotel given over to house the many collections purchased by Otto Lightner. Everything from the golden age mansions of Chicago through a very eclectic collection of strange and one of a kind artifacts like a dinosaur egg to a giant... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

An amazing collection of everything local and donated, all within a historical establishment! Highly recommend!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It is a nice building but the things inside are of little interest. There was nothing which sticks out in my mind as being worth seeing inside. If you are in Saint Augustine for a long stay you might as well go but not if you are short on time.

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Auburndale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The museum is housed in an old hotel and is undergoing renovations. The exhibits are varied, from shrunken heads to antique glass.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Fabulous collection of glassworks , empire furniture, antique musical instruments and scientific instruments.

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Liverpool UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Everyone told us that this museum would be good for a rainy day. Thankfully it rained on our last day. This is a former hotel, built in the ‘grand style’ of the early twentieth century. What used to be the indoor pool is now a restaurant which I would also recommend. There is lots to see here. Much of the... More

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Mystic, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is an eclectic museum; many collections such as glass, china, musical instruments as well as scientific specimens. Fascinating place and well worth a visit.

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