My husband and I visited this interesting museum in October, the offseason, so it was not crowded at all--maybe 3 other people in there. Since the place is not as large as one would think, less crowds make for easier navigation during the tour.
Because we are St Johns County residents, we got 50% off the regular-priced admission, so we each paid $5.00. Each visitor is given a hand-held device that you place up to your ear (like you would with a cell phone) to visit tour rooms and areas of the museum. There are 20 "stops." It sounds like a lot, but will take you no more than an hour to complete get through it, and a couple of the stopping points could have been combined (like the whipping sticks). The artifacts and architecture are very fascinating, but there is so many that it almost feels cluttered inside. This actually affects what the audio guide is referencing because when you're in a small space with hundreds of artifacts, they are sometimes hard to find until it is too late. In the future, I think the person doing the audio guide should be a little more specific in pointing things out and pausing to allow visitors to find them.
Overall, we were pleased with the visit, as it was unique. Some reviewers were bothered by the hand-held sets, but we were find with it, though in other museums I've visited, they use headsets, which is is admittedly a nicer touch. I would recommend seeing this place if you're a resident or just visiting St. Augustine. Very cool.
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