SAINT AUGUSTINE – Lightner Museum will host a grand opening of its gift shop from 5 to 7 p.m. June 18. The event, open to the public, is described as “for shopping, sips and sweets.
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, with last admission at 4 p.m. Ballroom gallery closes at 4:30 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors 65 and over; $12 for college students and active military and veterans; $8 for ages 12 to 17; free 11 and younger. Flagler College students are free and St. Johns County residents free on Sundays.
The hotel Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. Today it is home to one of the finest collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country.
Featured are self-guided group, group tours by reservations for adults and children and demonstrations of antique mechanical musical instruments.
The hotel was at the peak of its popularity during the 1890s. More than 25,000 guests visited during those early winter seasons and countless more used the recreational facilities. The hotel featured the world’s largest indoor swimming pool at the time, and other highlights included the grand ballroom, sulfur baths, a steam room, massage parlor, a gymnasium, bowling alley, archery ranges, tennis courts and a bicycle academy.