Lightner Museum in St. Augustine Now Takes Guests Upstairs

Lighter Museum in St. Augustine is housed in the historic building that once was the Alcazar Hotel, a companion to the Gilded Age luxury resort Hotel Ponce de Leon.  Alcazar Hotel was built in 1888 and its guests were among the country’s elite who enjoyed the winter season in elegance.
Countless recreational activities were available to guests at the Alcazar including the world’s largest indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, bowling alley, steam room and tennis courts.

With its newest tour, Lightner Museum unlocks the upstairs to let visitors see what life was like for the staff who served the guests of the luxurious Alcazar Hotel. The Upstairs/Downstairs Tour takes visitors to a part of the museum typically closed to the public.

You’ll see another side of the Alcazar Hotel’s history on the intimate Upstairs/Downstairs Tour. Learn what life was like for both guests and staff who visited and worked at the Alcazar Hotel during the Gilded Age in St. Augustine. 

Today the Lightner Museum is home to one of the nation’s most extensive collections of 19th century fine and decorative arts.  Visitors will see a vast collection of artwork, antiques, furnishings and curios from the Gilded Age.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. except for Christmas Day.

The Upstairs/Downstairs tour is offered at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. This walking  tour is limited to 10 people per tour and lasts approximately one hour. Reservations must be made in advance by visiting the website, lightnermuseum.org/specialty-tours or by calling 904-824-2874.