SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

Going Out In Style

The Lightner Museum and WJCT Present a Special Screening of Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey Series Finale on March 6.     This Event is Sold Out.       Before the final episode of Downton Abbey’s last season broadcasts at 9 p.m. on WJCT Public Television, the Lightner Museum and WJCT will host an early screening […]

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It’s Not Too Late! Finish Your Holiday Shopping at the Museum Store

It’s not too late to finish up any last minute holiday shopping at the Lightner Museum Store. The Museum Store will be open on Christmas Eve. The Museum Store is a treasure chest of unique, one of a kind items for gift giving.   As a Museum Store volunteer, some of my favorite items are […]

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It’s a Small World!

The Lightner Museum Shares Its Collection of Childhood Gems –  A Curator’s Tour Re-cap Curator Barry Myers leads behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s collections every month.   Curator’s Tours give visitors the opportunity to see museum artifacts that aren’t usually exhibited to the public. In November, the Lightner Museum highlighted some of its finest examples […]

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A TOAST to the Lightner Museum!

          If you have ever been to the Lightner Museum, you may have noticed a small exhibit, tucked away amidst hundreds of glass and porcelain figures of old fashioned toasters. Many overlook it, and some don’t even notice it. But, the small toaster exhibit on the second floor holds a special place in […]

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What do the Lightner Museum (St. Augustine, Florida), the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York) have in common?

  Monumental Malachite Urns, of course!       Malachite, a carbonated mineral associated with copper ores (from which it gets its green color), grows in layers whose intensity of color correlates with different crystal sizes as it is being formed over thousands of years.             By far the largest […]

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Adult and Children’s Group Tours

Reserved adult and children’s group tours are an excellent way to get to know the Lightner Museum on a more intimate level. The Lightner Museum plays host to a wide variety of groups including college groups, home school groups, camps, community organizations, religious organizations, clubs, adult educational groups, travel groups, elementary, middle and high school groups. […]

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Lighter Museum – the Cat’s Meow

The Lightner Museum celebrates National Cat Day, October 29, 2015! National Cat Day, which is Thursday, October 29, was founded ten years ago by animal welfare advocate, Colleen Paige, to make the public aware of how many cats need to be rescued and to celebrate the cats in our lives who give unconditional love and […]

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There’s nothing like company…

…to get the house cleaned. Museums are no exception. Lightner Museum was recently honored with a visit from His Majesty King Felipe VI and Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain during their whirlwind tour of the city to celebrate St. Augustine’s 450th year. In preparation for such an historic and special event, the staff at […]

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A Museum Transformed

The Alcazar Hotel fell victim to the Depression, cold weather, and changing lifestyles; it closed in 1932. Otto C. Lightner could be considered one of St. Augustine’s first historical preservationists. He saved the former Alcazar Hotel from an uncertain fate, most likely demolition, in 1946. Lightner purchased the hotel to house his vast collections of […]

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Wedding Press

The Lightner Museum makes an exquisite backdrop for any occasion.   Photo credit: John Dolan       This wedding reception at the Lightner Museum was featured on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” Photo credit: Monarch Studio

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