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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: The Villa Zorayda Musem is an incredible contribution to the Saint Augustine Museum community.  The house, originally built by Franklin Smith in... more »
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Just a small house museum compared to Ripley's Believed it or not. Middle eastern, Egypt,and Chinese heritage. That's all. Lights are not enough. Please review other's low ratings before you go. Never follow 5 stars reviews

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

In a town overflowing with historical treasures, the Villa Zorayda is in a class of its own. What a fabulous treasure! I now tell all my friends that no visit to St. Augustine can be considered complete without scheduling a relaxing, enlightening and awe-inspiring trip to this gem of a museum. A special treat was getting to visit with the... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I just completed a most unpleasant and disappointing tour of the Villa Zorayda Museum. The two curators, a husband and wife team, seemed knowledgable enough, but there was a definite air of pompousness and superiority permeating the atmosphere. I actually witnessed two members of our tour group belittled in front of the entire crowd for the questions that they asked.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Not venturing to Spain soon? No problem. Here in one house is held some of the most wonderful treasures of the Alhambra Venture back in time and enjoy the rugs, inlaid furniture and art of time gone by! This wonderful building housed a family, a gambling club and now a worth seeing, self guided tour Do it! Worth the time!

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Windham, Maine
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22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is the former summer home of Franklin Smith who loved the Alhambra in Spain and built this Villa on a one/tenth scale. It is full of the items he collected in Spain and the mid-east and items collected by the subsequent owner. It is beyond elaborate- oriental rugs, cut-brass lamps, ornate furniture, china, and colorful tiles in profusion does... More

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The staff at the door was friendly. Yes it was an old house. Asside from the pricless artifacts and furniture, the structure itself seemd to be KITSCHY. No photos were not allowed, flash or otherwise. :-(

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This unique museum was renovated a few years ago and it contains an amazing collection of furniture, art and artifacts. The tours are self guided and include an audio explanation of the rooms and their contents. So much to see I've been twice and would go back again.

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Larkspur, Colorado
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Visiting Villa Zorayda is an opportunity to view the inside of this unique home modeled after the Alhambra Castle in Spain. The audio tour was excellent and without it you could not possibly comprehend all of the items in this unique museum.

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Rome, Ohio
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Formerly the home of a wealthy family, the man had fallen in love with Spain's Alhambra and decided to replicate it in one sixth scale. Lots of antiques ( some formerly owned by George Pullman of railroad car fame ). Interesting tilework. Children and teens would probably be bored, but we enjoyed it. It's no Biltmore House or Hearst Castle... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

The building and its contents are remarkable. You are given an electronic device for your self guided tour. The tile work is amazing. Make sure you see the cat rug. What a story!

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