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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
904-829-9887
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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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Deltona, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

My friend and I took at day trip to St. Augustine hoping to tour the San Sebastian Winery. We stopped in the Villa Zorayda Museum just to cross one more thing off our list. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did! It is now easily my favorite museum in St. Augustine! If you're going to St.... More

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Wimauma, Florida
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This is a smaller version of a famous spanish castle. The layout of the rooms was quite interesting. The house is built around a large two story atrium. The furnishing are very ornate. The house is rather cluttered and very different more of an oddity than a nice place to live

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Orlando, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Your visit to the Villa Zorayda Museum will delight your imagination with so many fascinating pieces from around the world. You are your own tour guide, which allows you to enjoy the museum at your own pace. Upon entry, you're given an audio device that shares the rich history of the building and the beautiful antiquities inside. The architecture is... More

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St. George Island, FL
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Don't miss this unique museum if you have a little extra time when visiting St. Augustine. If you can imagine a home fashioned after the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, and filled with Moorish, Egyptian, Oriental, and other amazing antiquities, this is it! It has been a private home, club, speakeasy, and casino -- before retiring to the sedate life of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Great tour, self guided tour using hand held devices. How home was built was inspiration for how other buildings were built. Like Flagler College and the lighter museum.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This Spanish palatial style former home offers glimpses into the lives of its well-travelled, wealthy owners. Exquisitely carved furniture from Europe and the Middle East, elaborate brass lamps, oriental rugs, statues and china are displayed in a beautiful setting. Audio tours recount some of their owners' and friends' adventures. Well worth the visit!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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15 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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