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Villa Zorayda Museum

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Amazing Collection of Moorish/Egyptian artifacts

We were pleasantly surprised by the Villa Zorayada. Amazing artifacts and great stories of where... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2018
Redcurl24
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Jacksonville, Florida
Architectural History and some very strange curios!

We went here upon the recommendation of my brother, who likes things that are off the beaten-path... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2018
sparkenlight
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Orlando, 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 20 May 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the Villa Zorayada. Amazing artifacts and great stories of where these came from. Definitely worth a visit.

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Redcurl24, we are so happy to see that you enjoyed your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum! Thank you for visiting us and for leaving your review.

Reviewed 19 May 2018

We went here upon the recommendation of my brother, who likes things that are off the beaten-path. While this is on the main road into St. Augustine, it's definitely different than your typical museum! The architecture, and the history of the area, is fascinating, which...More

Thank sparkenlight
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2018

Hello sparkenlight! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are interested to know what part of the collection you believed to strange, was it the Egyptian pieces? Thank you for visiting us!

Reviewed 4 May 2018

Self-guided tour with a recorded narration for each room. If you're into antiquities, you will love it. Some things were interested, but overall we thought it was boring. Lots of things, but very few stories.More

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

Hello Susan, we are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the Villa Zorayda Museum and thought that it was boring. Our audio tour averages about 45 minutes and describes the amazing art and antique collection as well as the 135 year history of...More

Reviewed 25 April 2018

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

Hello Racso13, thank you for your detailed review of the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit! Audio tours are currently available in English, Spanish, and French.

Reviewed 16 April 2018

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

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2018

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

Reviewed 9 April 2018

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 MichaelK1887
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

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

Reviewed 2 April 2018 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

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

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

Reviewed 29 March 2018 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 2 April 2018

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

Reviewed 28 March 2018 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

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

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!

Reviewed 22 March 2018

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

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2018

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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