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Address: 83 King St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4382
Phone Number: +1 904 829 9887
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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.

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Fascinating mishmash of cultures

This is a great little museum that really celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of its original owner, Franklin Smith, and his view to make a miniature Alhambra Palace. Abraham... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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Decatur, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this museum was so over the top. the original owner had every kind of room from his many world travels it was mind blowing. we found it too over the top for our taste.

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great little museum that really celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of its original owner, Franklin Smith, and his view to make a miniature Alhambra Palace. Abraham Mussellem bought the house in 1913 and filled it with wonderful items purchased all over the world. It's a tad bit cramped and chaotic but it's also incredibly beautiful. It's a... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mixed emotions greeted me at Villa Zorayda. Perhaps having visited Lightner Museum first, and having visited Cá de Zan in Sarasota, Villa Zorayda is a bit of a letdown. However, the audio tour is a comprehensive education about the former luxurious private residence. Some of the artifacts date back several thousands of years (the ancient Egyptian “Cat Rug”). The owner... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great historical site for its building was built in the 1930's & it is a 1/10 scale of the Alhambra palace in Spain. There was a entrance fee.

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St. Augustine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour was interesting for some of our group and less so for others. Many exotic relics and furnishings.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

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 

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Thank Jordan H
Valdosta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

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.

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