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Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-4382
+1 904-829-9887
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Pseudo-Alhambra in St. Augustine

It's not big and photography is NOT ALLOWED inside. Some old artifacts on display, not much to see... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2016
A little treasure

Take this self-guided tour (with audio) to discover this very entertaining home-turned-museum... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2016
Ocala, 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. 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
+1 904-829-9887
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

It's not big and photography is NOT ALLOWED inside. Some old artifacts on display, not much to see but the entrance fee is quite stiff for such a small place with restrictions in photography. Pales in comparison to the real Alhambra Palace in Granada 1000%.

Thank GhenTravelbug
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Take this self-guided tour (with audio) to discover this very entertaining home-turned-museum. Interesting history of the details of it's owner/builder. Loaded with art items, most very valuable antiques. Very colorful design and unique furnishings. FYI: There is one staircase that you must climb to the...More

Thank D F
Reviewed 7 November 2016

It's small, but a beautiful and easy museum to get through. Well worth the $10 admission, we really loved this building!

Thank jcasey6314
Reviewed 18 October 2016

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

Thank mcdonagi
Reviewed 22 September 2016

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...More

1  Thank FruitCoveRitzy
Reviewed 21 September 2016

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

1  Thank nraftice
Reviewed 19 September 2016

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...More

1  Thank anarion55
Reviewed 6 September 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...More

1  Thank MzesDW
Reviewed 20 August 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.

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 12 August 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...More

1  Thank christinee2013
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