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Villa Zorayda Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Very unique

Small private residence based on the Alhambra in Spain. House has had only two owners over 105... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dennis J
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Small and Fascinating Museum

Our family recently visited Villa Zorayda on our recent trip to St. Augustine. I had visited... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TravelerCentralFLA
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Clermont, Florida
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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...more
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Small private residence based on the Alhambra in Spain. House has had only two owners over 105 years so many artifacts are original to the house. Built by a Boston architect in the late 1800's. Very interesting. Not something you would normally see. Free audio...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dennis J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I paid $38.00 for my son and grandaughters to visit museum. I also told her I had toured last year and as a senior citizen I could not do the tour again but I politely asked her if i could use the restroom and was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

the most memorable thing was the emphasis on cats, but the past of the building is a little odd for a museum, unless it were for a different kind of museum. the best thing was driving around the area afterwards.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Mom and signed up for this candlelight tour while we were in St Augustine before Christmas. It was a block away from our hotel, so it was really convenient. It turns that the original owner of the home was also one of the architects...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lorisails
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family recently visited Villa Zorayda on our recent trip to St. Augustine. I had visited myself as a child about 40 years ago. I had a few vague memories of the place, but I did remember it was interesting. The entry to the museum...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and granddaughter have visited the Alhambra Palace in Grenada, Spain and so this was a "must-see" for us. Beautiful exterior. I was crushed upon entering and being told no photography was allowed. I wanted to walk out, but my wife said we should...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Immerse yourself in an architectural marvel containing one of the most amazing collections of Middle East Art from the late 19th Century and centuries before.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

Although it is very middle eastern in appearance you might be surprised by what’s inside. We were the the first week of December and were surprised by the Christmas decorations. We discovered that the original owners were Christian. The artifacts are in themselves an intriguing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Stairs with no elevator. Interesting but limited, can afford audio which was useful but . No photos allowed insideMore

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Perkadventures
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Thank you for your visit to the historic Villa Zorayda. Built in 1883 the Villa Zorayda was built 5 years before electricity was introduced to the City. The museum is ADA compliant on the first level where 2/3 of the museum collection is on display....More

Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

Our guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The museum itself is so unique because of its history and unusual collection. Nice to see it decorated and lit for the holidays.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tance W
Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2018

Thank you for your visit for one of our Candlelight Tours and we are we appreciate your comments.

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