SAINT AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

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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General Admission Tickets

A General Admission ticket offers you the flexibility to wander freely throughout the museum. General Admission tickets are valid all day.  Use them to come and go as you please.   You may purchase your General Admission tickets online by clicking the Paypal buttons below or at the front desk of the Lightner Museum lobby.   […]

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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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Past/Present Exhibits

Special Exhibits add to the diversity of the Lighter Museum experience.   Aside from the Museum’s permanent collection of fine and decorative Victorian era art and relics, special exhibitions are held periodically to showcase the Museum’s collections that usually remain unseen to the public. On occasion, private collections that pertain to the Museum’s holdings are […]

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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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