This building, one of multiple renovations, was first built in 1888 by none other than Henry Flagler (if you know any history of St. Augustine, that name won’t be unfamiliar). Its original identity was Alcazar Hotel. Since then, it has earned its recognition in history, along with its place on the National Register of Historic Places.
The museum, located in downtown St. Augustine, showcases an eclectic array of pieces from centuries ago, mostly the American Victorian era. On the first floor, you’ll find a village with shop fronts representing emporia selling period wares, a Science and Industry Room featuring shells, rocks, minerals, and Native American artifacts, as well as model steam engines to glassblowing, and a Music Room, filled with mechanized musical instruments. When you explore the second floor, you’ll see stained glass work of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studio. You’ll encounter, on the third floor, sculptures, paintings, and furniture from the early 1800s.
One satisfied guest left a detailed review on Google, sharing “I loved Lightner Museum and it was certainly the highland of my trip to St. Augustine. The architecture is so beautiful itself, but the collections are amazing! From antiques, musical instruments and glasswares to buttons, shells and toys. There is something for everyone to enjoy.”
The Lightner Museum is located not even half a mile from the San Sebastian Winery, both of which are just a short drive from our luxury bed and breakfast. The trip up the coast will be a scenic one, and well worth your time if you’re looking for a slower paced day. There’s no need to decide today how you want to spend your days, because when you stay as a guest of the Pearl of the Sea B&B, you’ll have the Old City at your fingertips. Make your reservation and the rest will fall into place.