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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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Great Museum

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

Reviewed 6 days ago
gidget1985
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Birmingham, Alabama
Interesting, displays cluttered at times

Interesting History. Some very beautiful objects on display. Just need to simplify some areas of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
urbanjungleboywonder
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Buffalo, New York
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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 6 days ago

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 3 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 6 days ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 6 days ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 6 days ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The architectural influence that the Villa Zorayda had on St. Augustine was incredible. The current owner, Jim, told us that the original owner built the Villa Zorayda using a coquina shell-concrete mixture. This method of building impressed Henry Flagler who then built his hotels using...More

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

Hello JCarmosino, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to speak with Jim and learn more about Franklin Smith, the original owner of the building.

Reviewed 11 June 2017

This house is packed full of unusual and beautiful pieces. I would have liked to take photos, but they were not permitted and I wasn't going to buy them. I have mixed feelings about the "cat rug"; taken from an Egyptian tomb, made entirely of...More

Thank Rebecca M
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Hello Rebecca, thank you for visiting the beautiful Villa Zorayda Museum! We understand and apologize that our photography policy is disappointing for some visitors. Please know that we have this policy in place to protect our artifacts that are from all over the world. The...More

Reviewed 6 June 2017

I was very impressed with the authenticity of Villa Zorayda's recreation of part of the Alhambra. Of course nothing can measure up to the original, but if you can't get to Spain this place will give you a good taste. The exhibits were well organized,...More

Thank IBMer
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2017

Thank you for your review IBMer. We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your visit and that you were able to take your time to fully enjoy our collection. Please visit us again soon!

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