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“Beautiful Museum”

Villa Zorayda Museum
Ranked #38 of 190 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 9, 2013

This place has so much history, fabulous art pieces and is well done! The admission was reasonable and allowed us to leave our car there for the day while we wandered around the city.

Thank J H
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We did a candle light tour during Christmas week and it was way better than we expected. The villa is marvelous and the tour guides are related to the family. So much to see and it has been beautifully restored. It's a must see when you come to town.

1  Thank gypsy89
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

As we entered, we are told there would be no photos allowed, put phones away. Then we were followed around, almost like we would disobey the "order". As if we would. The only room worth looking at was the sphinx/Egyptian room. The rest was just a bunch of old hadji stuff crammed together in a house.

3  Thank vicki s
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

I love museums and I hate giving bad reviews but unfortunately this place was not worth going to. The staff was extremely rude. We had to wait several minutes while she was finishing a personal phone call. Then she did not have the correct change which annoyed her. Finally we went in and our headphones did not work which annoyed her even more. At this point I wanted to get my money back and leave but the rest of my party wanted to see the house. This house did have some very interesting items and history but there are so many other places that are a better value and better use of your time.

Thank esamlen
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

So not worth the money, the audio tour goes on and on and on and on to the point where you shut it off. The staff is pushy and hustles you through, even when it is not closing time. Save your time and money and do something else more worthwhile.

Thank Niagralover
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