We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 83 King Street, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Phone Number: +1 904 829 9887
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Take a step back in time as you enter this Grand Gilded Age home, built by...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 258 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 136
  • 76
    Very good
  • 29
  • 8
  • 5
Fantastic Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Jordan H
Add Photo Write a Review

258 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 254: English reviews
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 would have been much more interesting. Nice to check off on my to-do list, but... More 

Thank Raevynrose
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 always figured it would be a quaint art museum, but it is a testament to... More 

Thank Jordan H
Valdosta, Georgia
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved everything about the house from the guided tour to the contents of the various rooms. I liked the pacing, except in the final room where so many items were mentioned together that it became confusing. My wife's major impression, however, was that everything looked a bit dingy and needed a good dust. Her lack of enthusiasm served as... More 

Thank Cpencer
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful museum with great pieces from the past. My favorite is the Egyptian room with the cat rug. There is a true little story behind the mysterious cat rug. Kids love the audio tour, so did us, the grownups.

Thank OceanSideAlways
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is in no way a replica of the Alhambra. It is a creepy display of a bunch of "stuff" from Asia crammed into an unpleasant building. I have been to the quiet, beautiful, and inspiring. This is so not that. I hated being here.

Thank Kim B
Venice, Florida, United States
Level Contributor
105 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped into this Museum and was very surprised at how much it had to offer. Great history and wonderful things inside. Don't miss it.

Thank Boyd B
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
94 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looks nice (both inside and out) but price is steep for such a small attraction. Self-Guided tour but the audio guide was too slow

Thank TheScarletRose
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The audio tour was delightful, as was the history and architecture of the building. I want to move in! It's definitely a museum worth visiting, especially for lovers of historic homes and the eccentric.

Thank whistory
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Level Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We had a nice break from the heat there. Very nice place to visit, we took self-guided tour, enjoyed it very much.

Thank Oksana G

Travelers who viewed Villa Zorayda Museum also viewed


Been to Villa Zorayda Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Villa Zorayda Museum and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Boynton Beach, Florida
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Villa Zorayda Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?