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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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When researching attractions to visit in St. Augustine during my Florida vacation, I never could... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jason R
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Millsboro, Delaware
First trip to St. Augustine

This is such an amazing collection of incredibly beautiful objects! And the architecture is... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
E4051KDchristinec
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Greendale
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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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83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
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Reviewed 4 days ago

When researching attractions to visit in St. Augustine during my Florida vacation, I never could find much information on exactly what was inside the Villa Zorayda Museum, so I went to see for myself. For those who are curious, it goes something like this: Some...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Jason R, We are deeply upset to read your review about your unpleasant visit to the Villa Zorayda Museum. It is our desire for our guests to walk away with knowledge of the building's importance to St. Augustine and its owners, collection, and extensive...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is such an amazing collection of incredibly beautiful objects! And the architecture is stunning as well! Do not miss a chance to tour the Villa Zorayda!

Thank E4051KDchristinec
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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your 5/5 star review, E4051KDchristinec. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the beauty and history of the Villa Zorayda Museum.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our self guided audio tour. The history and architecture were very interesting. Some of the stops on the audio tour are repetitive and unnecessary (14 & 16) since it’s the same objects spaced 8 ft apart. 😊

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello OrlandoTrio, thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the self guided audio tour and your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to the museum thinking it would be nice and pretty, they give you an audio to follow along with the rooms. It was like having a personal tour, it was pretty fabulous.

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello hammonoptra, we are so happy to hear that you were pleasantly surprised after visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the audio tour- it is wonderful to tour at your own pace!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I could have spent half the day in here, as it had so much to see and read about. Amazing art and artifacts collected from the near and far east in a house built by its' owner to mimic the famous Spain The audio tour...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello travelerbeach2016, your review has made our day! We are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed the Villa Zorayda Museum. We hope that you do return to say hello and visit the Museum again!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Villa Zoraida Museum during a 2 week holiday in Orlando. The actual building was smaller than we expected, but the collection of exhibits of middle eastern origin was vast. The Old Town Trolley has a stop in the car park,...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello AngLovesHolidays, thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit of the Museum.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cost of the museum includes an audio tour that lasts about an hour. The audio tour is a handheld speaker that is held up to your ear which can be tiring to hold. Might be better if it was a headset. The cost of...More

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello toshiba91280, we are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum. Please know that admission keeps the Museum open to the public and allows us to display the 135 year history of the building. We are...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gorgeous on the inside. Facinating history. Intersting self-guided audio tour. Loved all the middle-eastern furnishings and design.

Thank LJ R
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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting the Villa Zorayda Museum LJR. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Museum!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very enjoyable self guided audio tour. Great history & items on display. You can linger as long as you like & go back to revisit things you may want to see again before leaving.

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello MikeAllenNashville! We are so happy that you enjoyed the Villa Zorayda Museum. Thank you for visiting us!

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Reviewed May 20, 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the Villa Zorayada. Amazing artifacts and great stories of where these came from. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Redcurl24
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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Redcurl24, we are so happy to see that you enjoyed your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum! Thank you for visiting us and for leaving your review.

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