The Lightner Museum Adopt an Artifact program allows donations to be made to the museum that go towards the restoration of a specific item in the collection.

The Lightner is proud to announce that Winged Mercury has recently been adopted, and will be restored this year!

The museum is so grateful to have such strong support and community involvement.  Winged Mercury is a bronze statue created after the masterpiece, Giambologna, circa 1890. This magnificent but broken bronze statue has been languishing in storage for over four decades.

The restoration was made possible by Mr. James Ridley who donated the $5,000 needed to revitalize Winged Mercury.

Mr. Ridley shared a photo with us of his own statue of Mercury that he displays in the sun room of his home, and told us that it has always been one of his favorite statues.

Museum Director Robert Harper is looking forward to having Winged Mercury displayed at one of the fountains in the Museum’s garden courtyards. The Lightner is currently in the process of researching to find the best suited restoration professional for the job, and photos of Mercury will be shared once the restoration is completed.

The Lightner Museum is excited to share that there are new items available for adoption through the Adopt an Artifact program.

19th Century Spanish Style Armchair

Sponsorship: $1,500

One of the feet on this intricate Spanish Armchair has significant damage and will need to be completely replaced.  Re-carving the foot, matching it to the finish of the chair, cleaning the existing finish, and polishing the wood and leather, would revitalize the chair and make a substantial difference.

Sponsorship includes:

  • Credit on display with artifact and in registrar’s catalog
  • Certificate of adoption, including a photo of the artifact with description
  • Before and after digital images
  • Social media postings and mention in museum blog
  • Recognition in Director’s annual report
  • Private viewing of artifact with Lightner Museum Curator
  • Federal tax reduction


Contact [email protected] for more information, or call 904.824.2874 ext. 100

The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses and sponsors.