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Address: 83 King St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084-4382
Phone Number: +1 904-829-9887
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

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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Candlelight Tour

We really enjoyed the candlelight tour. Marcia and Jim were great hosts and tour guides. This remarkable 1883 home now museum is worth a visit. Beautiful decorated Christmas... read more

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We really enjoyed the candlelight tour. Marcia and Jim were great hosts and tour guides. This remarkable 1883 home now museum is worth a visit. Beautiful decorated Christmas Tree, many original pieces and great stories. The cookies and punch served before the candlelight tour were yummy!!

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Englewood, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful building full of many antiques from Morrocco. The tour is narrated by a mobil unit you listen to. It describes everything in each room with all of the details. Ugh, a rug made of cat hair. Interesting to see this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we took the candle light tour which was very interesting The Christmas decorations were very nice.The tour is well presented and art works very good.

Thank Genofred
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Can you believe it! This beautiful building is back in the family. What a delight to have the grand daughter and great great grand daughter working there along with the husband of the grand daughter. The tour was well presented and it is so beautiful to know such an old building is in loving hands again. I wish them all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Have lived in the area for close to 20 years and never thought to visit this extremely unique museum. Their Christmas candlelight tour drew us in and so glad we went. Tour was actually give by the granddaughter of the second owners and she and her husband,who oversaw the extensive renovation, relay interesting stories about the homes history and owners.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little museum...a bit different from what you might expect. There is so much to see and learn about.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Ocala, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 second floor, and some of the hallways are tight. I wouldn't want to bring small... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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

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