About the Museum

The Lightner Museum

St. Augustine, Florida

For more information, please contact:
904-824-2874  |  info@lightnermuseum.org.

A Passion for Preservation

Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler.”St. Augustine’s Lightner Museum of Hobbies” opened in 1948 with the collections of “Gilded Age” artwork, antiques, and curios of Otto C. Lightner. As once-proud Chicago estates were put up for auction or sold for taxes during the Depression, Lightner quickly purchased the collections of millionaires that had been acquired over a lifetime. 

The current mission of the Museum is to preserve, maintain, research, and interpret the Museum’s collections for the educational benefit of the visiting public. The Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by admissions and donations, and it is supported by a dedicated staff of volunteers.


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