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“Charming & Quirky”

The Lightner Museum
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Owner 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.
Reviewed November 29, 2010

We almost skipped this museum, but since it was next door to our hotel we decided to check it out...boy are we gald we did! We really enjoyed it. There is a little bit of everything...all kinds of quirky collections and artifacts, so there is probably something for eveyone.

In addtition to all the astifacts, the building & it's history are fascinating; we loved seeing the old hotel's steam & sauna rooms and what had been a plunge pool. The ballroom, with it's high-polished wood floors & bright windows was great - made even more s when you looked down 3 stories to what used to be the indoor pool. Make sure to read the placards & posters when you are up here - it gives you lots of info about the pool & casino...like how on opening night there were 1,200 hundred people there & the orchestra played on a Venetian barge in the pool! In it's day i was the larges indoor pool in the world.

We also absolutely loved the 11am demonstration in the music room. All of these automatic music machines that are anywhere from 90 to 130 years old. They were wonderful, as was the lovely woman who did the demonstration and gave the history & other info about them. it was about a 30 minute demonstration, and it was absolutely charming - you could not help but smile for the whole time!

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Reviewed October 10, 2010

Enjoyed the museum collections, but it was the hotel I really enjoyed seeing. It cost about $30 for my family of four and I believe we received $30 dollars of entertainment.

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Reviewed September 20, 2010

The Lightner museum was originally the alcazar hotel. The building is magnificent and the inner courtyard is beyond beautiful. Lightner, a newspaper magnate from Chicago, assembled quite a collection of antiques. And many of them are now open for display here. The first room you are taken into is a room with lots of musical machines, which all operate and a demonstration is given. Then you are on our own from here on out. This museum is worth the time. Enjoy.

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Reviewed May 14, 2010

Imagine being part of the upper class in the 1800's. Dare I say how "entertaining" we found the wide variety of objects housed in this incredible, historic building? Such a neat experience. Go to the Lightner after touring Flagler College - they go hand-in-hand.

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Reviewed March 1, 2010

We were lucky to arrive at 11 am, just as a demonstration was taking place of the wonderful collection of antique music boxes here. Not small ones, but very large amazing pieces. Then up the elevator to the third floor where you look down upon what once was the largest indoor swimming pool in days gone by. A pool so large that a restaurant is now in the deep end of the pool. Formerly a hotel, this place is amazing, indescrible and wonderful. Hours can be spent looking at collections of everything from Tiffany glass to marbles to artifacts from around the glove. Old photographs showing how the building was once used add to the intrigue, especially of the pool, steam baths (structures remain), gymnasium, etc. Don't miss this place!

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