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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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Charleston, South Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We arrived right at opening time at 10:00 am. We were the first to begin the tour and had the place to ourselves. I think this made the experience better. The house is really neat to see. We spent our honeymoon in Spain and felt a connection to the architecture. The cat rug was the coolest thing we saw all... More

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Saint Augustine
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This wonderful museum is owned & run by family members of the original builder. Sounds crazy, but you feel like you've stepped into The Alhambra or into a historical novel while walking through the rooms. Easy to understand & easy to follow self guided audio tour. Fabulous original furniture, statues etc. And then there's the cat rug...oldest rug in the... More

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Quito, Ecuador
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

English and Spanish comment. Comentario en Inglés y Español. I went with my family to St. Augustine as tourists. We found this charming house with an Arabic look on the outside. When we started the tour inside the house we were provided with electronic devices with a Spanish translation, we were glad they had this thing so we didn't miss... More

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Virginia Beach
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 reviews 18 reviews
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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