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Address: 83 King St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4382
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+1 904-829-9887
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10:00 - 16:30
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Take a step back in time as you enter this Grand Gilded Age home, built by...

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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So beautiful

I found this place to be so interesting and beautiful. I loved all the fascinating furniture, artwork, rugs, lamps, etc. There are place cards explaining what everything is and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dot M
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LaPlace, Louisiana
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LaPlace, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I found this place to be so interesting and beautiful. I loved all the fascinating furniture, artwork, rugs, lamps, etc. There are place cards explaining what everything is and where it came from. There is also an audio tour that goes with your ticket price. You hit the number on the device to listen to facts about the rooms and... More 

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Lisle, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting museum with incredible collections of furniture and artwork from Various parts of Europe. The Egyptian room is especially interesting with the cat rug, and the variety of objects makes this an interesting way to spend an hour or two. The audio recording explains the highlights in a straightforward way.

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your tour of the Villa Zorayda Museum. More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a fan of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, so it was a no-brainer to visit this imaginative 1/10 replica built as a private home in late 1800s. You get a self-guided audio tour explaining all the features. Lots of art and antiques showing America's interest in the Orient, Spain and Moorish culture. It's all mixed together, so even a... More 

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Alice, we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum! More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Villa Zorayda is a replica of a Spanish palace with a large Moorish influence. They had many reproductions and few genuine articles. We toured 2 floors. The rooms were small and cramped, with no apparent theme in each room. It seems as if things were just placed anywhere. Maybe the candlelight tour would be more interesting vs the self-guided audio... More 

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Marcia B, Manager at Villa Zorayda Museum, responded to this review

We are so sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit of the Villa Zorayda Museum. The Villa Zorayda was originally built as a private residence in 1883, but it has changed use multiple times over the years and ultimately became a museum in the 1930s. Although the building is no longer set up as a home, 50%... More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

WE went to St. Augustine early just to visit the museum for the candlelight tour. Unknown to us we were gonna to be escorted by living relatives of the owners. Talk about first hand information!! They have recently gone thru a restoration process and they have done a magnificent job. Each object they have on display they can tell a... More 

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Barnegat, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We went on the Candlelight Tour on New Year's Day. The tour guide is a descendant of the previous owner and a wealth of knowledge. It was a beautiful evening in a gorgeous museum, at one time a home. The building and the contents are unique and very interesting. No time for boredom here.

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Mims, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

My husband and I were fortunate to attend one of their candlelight tours over New Year's weekend. We had never been inside before, but have always been intrigued by the exterior. We were not disappointed, the inside is absolutely stunning! We enjoyed every minute of our guided tour which included many detailed and personal accounts of the castle both past... More 

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Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Very unusual and fun. Such an incredible building and it is stuffed with gorgeous furniture. Was fun going through and the area is great for walking.

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McLean, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Very interesting two-story museum to tour. Paced very well with audio headphones. Would have rated higher if you were allowed to take photos inside or a booklet that had photos you could purchase.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

we did the candlelight tour on dec 21. excellent explanation of castle's history. most of furnishings are original. lovely statues, chairs, lamps, pictures. worth the $15 and 2 hours of time.

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