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Villa Zorayda Museum

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excellent house museum full of antiques with an Egyptian connection. easy to use hand held narrated... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ralph C
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Savannah, Georgia
Unique historical property

Today I took a guided tour of this privately owned museum conducted by one of the property owners... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ahbshop50
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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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...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

excellent house museum full of antiques with an Egyptian connection. easy to use hand held narrated guide. does have one set of stairs to climb. we really enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very historical and interesting museum, but its rather small. I would say you should only go in if you are really, really interested in the history of the Villa.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Today I took a guided tour of this privately owned museum conducted by one of the property owners. Very interesting Moorish designed home with lots of artifacts and furnishings. They also offer audio tours with admission if you aren't able to schedule a guided tour.

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Reviewed 18 August 2018

Seeing photos, I wanted to see this, however I was disappointed. It is much smaller that I imagined. If your into the Moorrish style - this is for you. Somethings were interesting --- not for younger children - I think they would be bored.

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Reviewed 11 August 2018

Outside of building is beautiful but I was surprised how tiny it was. After entering I was told there was no photography of any kind allowed. Either this is a new policy or I was lied to as there are tons of photos on here...More

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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Let’s start with the positive- the house is being maintained and the audio tour is informative. Unusual and interesting art pieces and architectural design fill the building. We approached when the colorful exterior trim was being painted white. Hopefully that is just a primer for...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Hello Mother_of_5, The Villa Zorayda Museum has had a lively history of 135 years, which I hope that you learned about during your visit to the Museum. The paint colors are in fact as true as possible to the original ones. I am not sure...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018

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 16 July 2018

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.

Reviewed 12 July 2018 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 16 July 2018

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!

Reviewed 7 July 2018

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.

1  Thank Cosmo67
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

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

Reviewed 26 June 2018

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

1  Thank Dani B
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

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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