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Lightner offering behind scenes tours


The massage room located in the Turkish Baths (now the American Brilliant Cut Glass exhibit), circa 1889.

SAINT AUGUSTINE  –  Lightner Museum is set to unveil new, intimate, behind-the-scenes tours Upstairs/Downstairs at the Alcazar, beginning Oct. 4.

The in-depth tours are part of a program companion series to Lightner Museum’s exhibition:  Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times™, a 13-week display of 36 authentic Edwardian Era costumes and accessories from PBS’s most popular television drama in history, Dressing Downton™, which will be elegantly displayed in the Museum’s Grand Ballroom Gallery beginning Oct. 4.

The history of the Lightner Museum as well as its former splendor as the Alcazar Hotel, shows many parallels to the time period and lives of the characters of the popular television series Downton Abbey®.  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.  Explore areas of the museum typically closed to the public for this intimate and historical experience.

Tours can be reserved by visiting or calling 844-426-4088.

Ticket cost is $45 per person. This tour, lasting approximately one hour, is limited to 10 people each session. Reservations must be made in advance. This tour is recommended for adults only.  Please note, this tour does not include entrance to the Dressing Downton™ exhibition.


Lightner Museum Educator, Elizabeth Graham, walks through the former staff quarters of the Alcazar Hotel. This area of the museum (typically closed to the public), will be included in the tour.

“Typically, what guests see at any museum is just the tip of the iceberg”, says Lightner Museum director Robert Harper.  “The Upstairs/Downstairs tours will allow guests to view a bit farther under the surface.”

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


Exhibition produced by Exhibits Development Group in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London. Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2016 Carnival Film & Television Limited. A Carnival Films/Masterpiece Co-Production. Carnival logo ©2005 Carnival Film & Television Limited. Masterpiece is a trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

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