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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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Too Pretty To Pass Up

Interesting stories and cool artifacts make this a place I didn't regret spending my money. The... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Quixoteqst
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Excellent specialty house museum

Zorayda was built by a Boston millionaire during the Gilded Age as his Florida home in moorish... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
56Fiona
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Richmond, Virginia
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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 14 August 2017

Interesting stories and cool artifacts make this a place I didn't regret spending my money. The handheld listening device for each part of the tour allows you to move at your own pace...smart idea !!! Jim was awesome & the cork whips made me laugh.

Thank Quixoteqst
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thank you for your review Quixoteqst. We are so happy that you enjoyed the tour! Whenever we hear laughter downstairs we know guests are on #16, more cork whips!

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Zorayda was built by a Boston millionaire during the Gilded Age as his Florida home in moorish revival style (middle eastern/Moroccan). It is a 1/10 scale replica of one wing of the Alhambra Palace in Spain. It was later sold to a collector/dealer in middle...More

Thank 56Fiona
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

56Fiona, thank you so much for your review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit of the historic Villa Zorayda Museum!

Reviewed 25 July 2017

Took our kids to see this - they were a bit bored except for the cat hair rug (rumored to be a lethal rug!). It was worth the $10 (use a coupon) but not a MUST see. I'd recommend it if you like art pieces...More

Thank Jamieluvs2travel
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Hello Jamieluvs2travel, we are sorry to hear that you do not think we are a "must see" in St. Augustine. If you would like, please email us at villazorayda@bellsouth.net to tell us more about your recent visit. The art and architecture are amazing, and the...More

Reviewed 19 July 2017

This is a very interesting collection of things. It's a great museum to visit while in St Augustine.

Thank gidget1985
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Thank you for your review gidget1985, we are so happy you enjoyed the Museum!

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Interesting History. Some very beautiful objects on display. Just need to simplify some areas of exhibits so gems stand out and rooms could be less packed. Good audio tour.

Thank urbanjungleboywonder
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hello urbanjungleboywonder, we are sorry to hear that you did not fully enjoy your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum. The Museum's collection is 98% original and we are proud to have our pieces on display for our guests to see.

Reviewed 5 July 2017

Replica of the Alhambra in Spain! The self-guided tour was nice and allowed you to go at your own pace. My favorite rooms were the Harem room and the Egyptian Room where the cat rug is located.

1  Thank crpinion
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hello crpinion, we are so happy that you enjoyed the Villa Zoayda Musuem! The Harem Room is one of my favorites too!

Reviewed 2 July 2017

this is a must see place in St Augustine. Full of history and art. Friendly staff and the self guided tour is nice.

1  Thank Hvaldesb
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for your review Hvaldesb, we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum!

Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Wonderful tour and discussion with staff!! One of my best memories of St Augustine. One flight of stairs. Extraordinary artifacts

Thank Kate O
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Thank you Kate! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit of the Museum.

Reviewed 26 June 2017

We purchased our tickets with our trolley tours. They were a little cheaper that way. It is a self guided tour with #20 stops. The trolley stops here if you do not want to drive. There is a audio device you hold to your ear...More

Thank phislamajama
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Hello phislamajama, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour of the beautiful Villa Zorayda Museum!

Reviewed 20 June 2017

The owners handle the tours and while the information is interesting, its very long winded. You are limited to what you can see in some areas which is understandable. There are a lot of neat pieces here but do a self guided tour.

Thank Jamfan01
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2017

Hello Jamfan01, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! Our audio guided tour included with admission to the Museum typically takes 45 minutes and informs guests about the history of the building as well as the artifacts inside.

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