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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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Self-guided and Interesting Museum

I was able to purchase the tickets with a little discount after I bought my "Old Town Trolley... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Racso13
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Gijon, Spain
Out of the Ordinary

Like a few other places i visited in St. Augustine, this museum was a little on the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephanie P
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Lincolnshire, Illinois
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

I was able to purchase the tickets with a little discount after I bought my "Old Town Trolley" tickets. The museum is self-guided and it comes with an audio guide equipment in English or Spanish. It is very easy to use and you visit room...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like a few other places i visited in St. Augustine, this museum was a little on the eccentric/eclectic side. The audio tour was informative though, providing solid background information about the house's history and some of the objects on display.More

Thank Stephanie P
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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello Stephanie, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum. We are sorry to see that you did not fully enjoy your visit. The Museum is full of beautiful art and antiques from around the world and the building has a lively and complex 135...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Originally built by a Massachusetts millionaire and modeled after the Moorish Alhambra museum in Spain, this place had all kinds of interesting artifacts including, allegedly, the world's oldest rug. An old Egyptian rug made of cat hair it was not something you would imagine anyone...More

Thank Michael K
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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Michael K, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit! Our Egyptian rug was not owned by Franklin Smith and, like many of the items at the Museum today, would not have been in the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during our anniversary trip. $10 each admission. A bit pricey for a short tour. Loved looking at the unique items, but would have liked more historical information about how the house tied to St. Augustine.More

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

Hello lisajmcc, we are sorry that you did not fully enjoy the Villa Zorayda Museum. We appreciate your visiting us, and please know that admission allows us to keep our doors open to the public. We are a privately owned and operated museum with not...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Some people really seemed to enjoy the museum. Not so much for our group. We are obviously not advanced culturally. Described as eclectic - yeah man. Lot’s of fascinating European antiques, but not my thing. Self-guided audio tour was good, but read other reviews to...More

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

Hello GlobeTrotterRV3, we are sorry that you did not enjoy the Villa Zorayda Museum. The Zorayda is a historic building housing a beautiful collection of antiquities. It is an amazing example of different cultures and time periods- from the Moors in Spain to the Victorian...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The house itself is beautiful and it’s filled with fascinating objects, lit with a wonderful soft light from the diffused glass roof. The audio tour was very well done and just long and thorough enough to guide you through it all. A definite must visit...More

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

Hello Haik A, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Villa Zorayda Museum and our audio guided tour. Thank you for visiting us!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Villa Zorayda built as a hotel has a history both as a private home, a casino and restaurant before it became a museum of collectables from around the world by Franklin W. Smith. The Villa is a partial Moorish reproduction of Alhambra Palace in...More

Thank radar643
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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello radar643, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! We hope that you enjoyed your visit. The Villa Zorayda was originally built in 1883 by Franklin W. Smith as his winter residence. It has had a lively past, and became a museum in 1933.

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Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

Having seen the Alhambra in Grenada, Spain, which was the highlight of my trip to that country, I was beyond excited to discover that there was a home fashioned after it in St. Augustine! My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful afternoon touring this...More

Thank Soozi13
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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Hello Soozi13, it is wonderful to hear that you have been to both the Alhambra Palace and the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit of the Zorayda along with our audio guided tour.

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

Villa Zorayda Museum was built as a private residence one hundred thirty five years ago by a Boston businessman with really, really deep pockets and a fascination with Moorish architecture and decor. He designed the structure himself, patterning it after the Alhambra he had seen...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Hello Ben! Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit and spent time to appreciate all of the details of the former home. The Zorayda is no longer set up as...More

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Reviewed February 6, 2018

This was one of the most unusual museums I have ever visited... the structure, the construction techniques, the contents, the history and the story of lives lived in this unique home can hardly be believed. It's a testament to what wealth combined with focused and...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2018

Hello BohemianBarfly, we are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your visit of the beautiful Villa Zorayda Museum! The architecture of the buliding and the antique collection inside are incredible!

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