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Address: 83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
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+1 904-829-9887
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Take a step back in time as you enter this Grand Gilded Age home, built by...

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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Well maintained unusual home full of amazing antiques

This one probably won't interest the kids but probably as a collector of worldly antiques I found it fascinating. From an architectural standpoint the home is very unusual but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 May 2016
Chris S
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

This one probably won't interest the kids but probably as a collector of worldly antiques I found it fascinating. From an architectural standpoint the home is very unusual but the presentation of the rooms and the plethora of valuable museum quality antiques from the four corners of the world make it worth a visit. They also offer a video guide... More 

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Derwood, MD
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

The price of admission includes a handheld audio which should be used. We would suggest reading about the museum online to see if the kinds of exhibits are of interest. If they are, it's a good tour.

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Burntisland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Lots of things in lots of rooms. It looks like something an inept DIYer would do. Its a shame that this beautiful building has had to suffer this indignity. I know its historic abuse but........

Thank Stewart-Hazel
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

Cheap, audio tour of an interesting building and all the collections therein. May not be suitable for the very young (would be bored and there are many irreplaceable artifacts there.)

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Hockessin, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

This wasn't on our original tour plan but we thought it would be a good change from a normal museum setting. We were greeted by Dani and she explained the Audit Tour and a little bit about the house which was very informative. The Audio tour allows you to go at your own pace and take things in as it... More 

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

This is a magnificent "home museum". The architecture is amazing. The collection of art and artifacts is amazing! For the price of admission you are given an audio device that explains all that you see. We were very glad that we went in!

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High Point, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

As I approached this house/museum (and it is one heck of a treat), I noticed people simply taking photos of the outside, then leaving. I too wasn't sure about going inside, and oh, what a mistake it would be to miss this house/museum! It's very rare to find a historical house that's owned an operated by later generations of the... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Folks who have been to the real Alhambra in Spain will still like the treasures and collections here in museum and history... Look for the Cat Rug upstairs ... Walk around the 2-story "home" with headphones and see what you discover... Neat little side excursion... Right in middle of old town

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

This museum is often overlook and the history and items display is worth the hour or so to see some incredible beautiful things. Next to the Lightner Museum.

Thank KB1718
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This museum was really not very well done. It is toured by an audio device, and we found that we were constantly spinning to look at things that were not really laid out very well. While we expected Victorian items, it is filled with Asian artifacts. If you only have time for one, go to the Lightner Museum. Far superior.

Thank Everyboysmomma

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