Lightner Museum Curator’s Tour February 3, 2016 February Topic: French Taste for America’s Gilded Age

Lightner Museum Curator’s Tour
January 21, 2016

Lightner Museum Curator Barry Myers conducts monthly tours featuring unique and special treasures of the Museum.  The tours are the first Wednesday of each month at 10am and offer guests an intimate encounter with a select few of the Lightner's eclectic relics.

February’s Curator’s Tour will highlight American’s passion for French design in the Gilded Age.  In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson spent periods of time as ambassadors to France and developed a taste for not only French cuisine but also decorative arts. These gentlemen introduced French style to the American public.  From the 1850’s to the 1910’s, French style was all the rage.

As wealthy Americans traveled to Europe during the 19th century, many became enamored with French style and culture. 

Tours are included in the price of admission and will begin in the front lobby of the Museum at 10am the first Wednesday of each month.  Admission is free for St. Johns County residents with valid identification.

An opportunity to meet Mr. Myers, along with an interactive tour, gives local residents and tourists alike an opportunity to learn the history of the building and to explore more deeply the Museum’s collections.

Donations are appreciated and will be accepted after the tour.

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