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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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Was delighted the owners gave the tour.

Can you believe it! This beautiful building is back in the family. What a delight to have the grand... read more

Reviewed 5 December 2016
Cobalt, Canada
Holiday Candlelight Evening Tour

Have lived in the area for close to 20 years and never thought to visit this extremely unique... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
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Take a step back in time as you enter this Grand Gilded Age home, built by Franklin W. Smith in 1883. Franklin Smith, an eclectic world traveler, was originally from Boston, and he built the Villa Zorayda as his winter home in St. Augustine, FL. Smith was the innovator of poured concrete and crushed coquina construction that is seen throughout St. Augustine today. On the "National Register of Historic Places", the Villa Zorayda is a 1/10th scale reproduction of a portion of the Moorish Castle, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. View the elegant traceries on the walls made of alabaster and plaster which were made in Spain using the same molds that the Moors used for the walls of the Alhambra Palace! In addition to the magnificent architecture of the building is the original art and antique collection: hand pierced brass lamps, hand carved and exquisite inlaid furniture, an Egyptian rug over 2400 years old, and much more! You will also see beautiful hand painted Spanish & Egyptian tiles, Moorish horseshoe arches, and the beautiful architectural details from the Alhambra Palace. Learn the 133 year history of the Villa Zorayda as you take a state-of-the-art audio guided tour, which run continuously throughout the day. The audio guided tour is available in English, Spanish and French. Free parking while visiting the Museum.
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83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

Can you believe it! This beautiful building is back in the family. What a delight to have the grand daughter and great great grand daughter working there along with the husband of the grand daughter. The tour was well presented and it is so beautiful...More

Thank Hotdogbikers
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Have lived in the area for close to 20 years and never thought to visit this extremely unique museum. Their Christmas candlelight tour drew us in and so glad we went. Tour was actually give by the granddaughter of the second owners and she and...More

Thank fltraveler100
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Great little museum...a bit different from what you might expect. There is so much to see and learn about.

Thank Richard W
Reviewed 23 November 2016

It's not big and photography is NOT ALLOWED inside. Some old artifacts on display, not much to see but the entrance fee is quite stiff for such a small place with restrictions in photography. Pales in comparison to the real Alhambra Palace in Granada 1000%.

Thank GhenTravelbug
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Take this self-guided tour (with audio) to discover this very entertaining home-turned-museum. Interesting history of the details of it's owner/builder. Loaded with art items, most very valuable antiques. Very colorful design and unique furnishings. FYI: There is one staircase that you must climb to the...More

Thank D F
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It's small, but a beautiful and easy museum to get through. Well worth the $10 admission, we really loved this building!

Thank jcasey6314
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Air condition was welcomed. Quiet inside which was refreshing. The museum itself was not extremely large but it was very well executed and well kept. worth a walk through

Thank mcdonagi
Reviewed 22 September 2016

I have missed out not visiting the Villa Zorayda sooner. I would not bring small children but any kid that has discovered the joy of history would enjoy it. There is the foot of a mummy and the coolest cat hair rug! That was my...More

1  Thank FruitCoveRitzy
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Audio tour is 10 dollars. Very informative. A lot of information about the house itself. It's a should see

1  Thank nraftice
Reviewed 18 September 2016

First of all, (and I fully understand why) there are more "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH" placards here than any other place I've encountered. EVER. Having said that, this place is chock full of antique furniture, tapestries, artworks, and more! The self-guided audio tour explains almost...More

1  Thank anarion55
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