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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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Furnishings of exceptional beauty and workmanship, but DO NOT TOUCH!

First of all, (and I fully understand why) there are more "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH" placards here than... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Homestead, Florida
Replica of a Spanish Palace restored summer home.

Art, Artifacts, History and period furnishings... Allow yourself several hours to complete the... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2016
St. Petersburg, 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. 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 19 September 2016

First of all, (and I fully understand why) there are more "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH" placards here than any other place I've encountered. EVER. Having said that, this place is chock full of antique furniture, tapestries, artworks, and more! The self-guided audio tour explains almost...More

1  Thank anarion55
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Art, Artifacts, History and period furnishings... Allow yourself several hours to complete the audio tour as well as explore further on your own. This was a highlight of our trip this time. Perfect place to be if you have had enough heat or it starts...More

1  Thank MzesDW
Reviewed 20 August 2016

this museum was so over the top. the original owner had every kind of room from his many world travels it was mind blowing. we found it too over the top for our taste.

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is a great little museum that really celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of its original owner, Franklin Smith, and his view to make a miniature Alhambra Palace. Abraham Mussellem bought the house in 1913 and filled it with wonderful items purchased all over the...More

1  Thank christinee2013
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Mixed emotions greeted me at Villa Zorayda. Perhaps having visited Lightner Museum first, and having visited Cá de Zan in Sarasota, Villa Zorayda is a bit of a letdown. However, the audio tour is a comprehensive education about the former luxurious private residence. Some of...More

1  Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Great historical site for its building was built in the 1930's & it is a 1/10 scale of the Alhambra palace in Spain. There was a entrance fee.

1  Thank franstucson50
Reviewed 30 July 2016

The tour was interesting for some of our group and less so for others. Many exotic relics and furnishings.

Thank pami_007
Reviewed 24 July 2016

The price was a little steep for a self-guided audio tour of a collection. It was very humid inside, and cramped. While some of the items were interesting to see, and the young lady at the counter was very friendly and helpful, a guided tour...More

Thank Raevynrose
Reviewed 23 July 2016

The Villa Zorayda is a museum I have passed by time and time again due to my frequent visits to the Red Train Tours. Today was the day I finally decided to check it out and I am beyond happy that I did. I had...More

Thank Jordan H
Reviewed 19 July 2016

Very old and expensive pieces of art. If you like rare and unique items from history's past. This is the place! It is self guided with audio which makes it nice and you can decide when to end the tour. Very informative.

Thank strawberry1966
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is the tour wheelchair accessible? Thanks.
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