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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
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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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Virginia Beach
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I am a self-confessed museum junkie. Take that into consideration as you read this. This place is so unusual, there are things here you can't see anywhere else, including a 2400 year old sacred Egyptian rug made of cat hair. It is so rare that the Egyptian government borrowed it back for a world's fair exhibition. The fact that the... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We visited on a very hot day in July and were transported to a cool Alhambra :-). This museum has a large collection of unusual items from around the globe and the audioguide is great for background information.

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Rehoboth, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I visited the Villa Zorayda on a recent trip to St. Augustine. The museum looks a little misleading from the outside, a bit like a building from the circus, but don't let that discourage you from visiting. Inside is a beautiful collection of unusual and antique furnishings. We did the audio tour, which was very informative and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Architect Mr. Franklin W. Smith must have fancied himself as a lost descendent of Granada when he built this winter residence in 1883. The Moorish revival style is exotic, but it is also not purist. You'll hear about how no one read Arabic script, so some of the "words" are swirling nonsense. An excellent audioguide provides an exhaustive self-tour. The... More

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18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If you enjoy seeing things out of the ordinary...this is a must stop. So many interesting items inside, plus incredible architectural details. Free parking and audio tour at your own pace included. When you are done walk across the parking lot got a treat at Claude's Chocolates.

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Orlando, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you're the type of person that into art and admiring beautiful artifacts you definitely have to stop by and visit. This is an audio got it or I can be heard in spanish or english. This was one of my favorite stops during our visit.

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Tampa, Florida
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178 reviews 178 reviews
163 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was a former home that has been turned into a unique museum. Very different looking inside and outside.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My family and I are locals who wanted to find hidden treasures in downtown to visit, then bring our out of town guests to. We had been on the highly recommended Red Train, Scenic Cruise, Ripley's, Flagler College tour, and Lightener Museum. The gem of the day was Villa Zorayda Museum, where the family's granddaughter welcomed us with warm hospitality... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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112 reviews 112 reviews
36 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Interesting tour of this old house. It was also used as a restaurant and club and gambling casino, before becoming a museum in 1933. It has an audio tour, so it is very informative and easy to follow. It is especially interesting to hear some of the stories, such as how some of the walls are incompletely decorated because one... More

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Elburg, The Netherlands
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

With a bit of time on my hands I opted to check out this place across the street from Flagler. I got plenty more than I planned. The story behind the building of this place is worth as much as the self guided tour. The fact you can take in as much or little detail in each room only adds... More

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