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Address: 83 King St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4382
Phone Number: +1 904 829 9887
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed now
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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

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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Architecture great- bathrooms very clean

Air condition was welcomed. Quiet inside which was refreshing. The museum itself was not extremely large but it was very well executed and well kept. worth a walk through

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Air condition was welcomed. Quiet inside which was refreshing. The museum itself was not extremely large but it was very well executed and well kept. worth a walk through

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have missed out not visiting the Villa Zorayda sooner. I would not bring small children but any kid that has discovered the joy of history would enjoy it. There is the foot of a mummy and the coolest cat hair rug! That was my favorite part of the tour. The furnishings are so foreign to our American world. Everything... More 

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Lithia, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Audio tour is 10 dollars. Very informative. A lot of information about the house itself. It's a should see

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Homestead, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, (and I fully understand why) there are more "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH" placards here than any other place I've encountered. EVER. Having said that, this place is chock full of antique furniture, tapestries, artworks, and more! The self-guided audio tour explains almost every item's provenance. The hand-carved, intricately inlaid furniture is especially impressive. NOT suitable for small... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Art, Artifacts, History and period furnishings... Allow yourself several hours to complete the audio tour as well as explore further on your own. This was a highlight of our trip this time. Perfect place to be if you have had enough heat or it starts raining. Allow yourself 2 hours minimum to enjoy all this facility has to offer.

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Decatur, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

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

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