Lightner Museum celebrates 70th anniversary, 130th anniversary of Alcazar Hotel


The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine hosted a celebration entitled "Promenade the Alcazar" on Monday, Oct. 19 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the museum and the 130th anniversary of the historic Alcazar Hotel, where the museum is located. 

Event guests enjoyed The Raisin Cake Orchestra in the courtyard, mini architectural tours of the Alcazar Hotel, wine tastings and food pairings, opportunities to engage with the museum's collection and more. 

Additionally, a representative from the New York City’s Museum Hack interacted with guests in the galleries. Participants in the evening's festivities were eligible to win a Viking Cruise for two to a destination in Europe, featuring a river-view stateroom, guided tours, onboard meals and more.

The event also offered guests an opportunity to view newly restored exhibition spaces highlighting the museum's permanent collection. Additional food and wine were made available in the Historic Pool and Mezzanine areas, where Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra entertained the audience with a special performance. The Dreamland Orchestra is known for performing at the Cannes Film Festival, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic and the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island in New York City.

VIP ticket holders enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's storage areas, which featured in-depth information on the changes and additions made to the museum's collection storage floor and what developers have in store for the future. 

The Lightner Museum is a nonprofit cultural institution sustained by the support of individuals, businesses and sponsors. For more information on the museum, visit 


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