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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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I decided to tour the museum to get out of the heat of the day. I'm so very glad I did. The... read more

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Brian C
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Winchester, Kentucky
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We have been to St Augustine a lot of times and each time we try a couple of new tours or sights... read more

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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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Reviewed yesterday

I decided to tour the museum to get out of the heat of the day. I'm so very glad I did. The museum offers a self guided audio tour that tells the history of the rooms and items through out the museum. It was like...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello Brian, we are so happy you decided to tour the Villa Zorayda Museum and that you enjoyed your visit! It is truly incredible to think of the thought and skill that went into creating the Villa Zorayda back in the 1800s.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We have been to St Augustine a lot of times and each time we try a couple of new tours or sights. We have seen the villa zorayda a few times and they talked about it on the the ghost tour we did a few...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello kevinbF8237NX, we are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum. Thank you for visiting us!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW. Been to St. Augustine so many times and always just walked right passed this gem. Take an hour and do the audio tour. Well worth it. Definitely on the top 5 list for St. Augustine.

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review Cosmo67! We are so happy to hear that we are on your top 5 list for St. Augustine.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

St. Augustine is so hot in the summer that a reprieve from the afternoon sun is much needed! We went and there were only a few older people here. It costs $10 for a self guided audio tour on a little device that looks like...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hello Dani, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the Museum and your trip to St. Augustine.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When researching attractions to visit in St. Augustine during my Florida vacation, I never could find much information on exactly what was inside the Villa Zorayda Museum, so I went to see for myself. For those who are curious, it goes something like this: Some...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Jason R, We are deeply upset to read your review about your unpleasant visit to the Villa Zorayda Museum. It is our desire for our guests to walk away with knowledge of the building's importance to St. Augustine and its owners, collection, and extensive...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such an amazing collection of incredibly beautiful objects! And the architecture is stunning as well! Do not miss a chance to tour the Villa Zorayda!

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your 5/5 star review, E4051KDchristinec. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the beauty and history of the Villa Zorayda Museum.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our self guided audio tour. The history and architecture were very interesting. Some of the stops on the audio tour are repetitive and unnecessary (14 & 16) since it’s the same objects spaced 8 ft apart. 😊

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello OrlandoTrio, thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the self guided audio tour and your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the museum thinking it would be nice and pretty, they give you an audio to follow along with the rooms. It was like having a personal tour, it was pretty fabulous.

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello hammonoptra, we are so happy to hear that you were pleasantly surprised after visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the audio tour- it is wonderful to tour at your own pace!

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

I could have spent half the day in here, as it had so much to see and read about. Amazing art and artifacts collected from the near and far east in a house built by its' owner to mimic the famous Spain The audio tour...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello travelerbeach2016, your review has made our day! We are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the Villa Zorayda Museum. We hope that you do return to say hello and visit the Museum again!

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited Villa Zoraida Museum during a 2 week holiday in Orlando. The actual building was smaller than we expected, but the collection of exhibits of middle eastern origin was vast. The Old Town Trolley has a stop in the car park,...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Hello AngLovesHolidays, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit of the Museum.

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