Villa Zorayda Museum
The Villa Zorayda Museum in St. Augustine, FL spans over 133 years of historical significance, offering exhibits and displays that are sure to impress. The museum offers fully guided tours that give tons of information, as well as audio tours with handheld devices that allow you to explore at your own pace while learning about the history. Completely renovated, the museum is now home to plenty of antique collections, most of which were owned by Franklin Smith and A.S. Mussallem.
The guided tour itself includes a 60-minute overview of the historical significance of the museum as well as the pieces displayed. One of the most famous pieces includes the 'Sacred Cat Rug', which was made from the hairs of Nile River cats and was excavated from a pyramid in Egypt. The museum covers two floors with one flight of stairs and features beautiful works of colorful architecture.
About Villa Zorayda
Built as a winter home in 1883 by millionaire Franklin Smith. The home is inspired by 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Spain. It was the first residence in Florida that was built in the Moorish Revival style. After being used as a residence for 20 years, the building was transformed into a dance club and restaurant named the Zorayda Club.
If you love interesting facts, architecture, and artwork, the Villa Zorayda is a must-see attraction in St. Augustine.
- Approximately how long could a customer plan to spend at Villa Zorayda Museum?
The audio tours last 45-60 minutes.
- Does Villa Zorayda Museum accommodate languages other than English?
The audio tours are offered in English, Spanish, & French.
- Is Villa Zorayda Museum handicap accessible?
The museum is two levels with no elevator. There is a handicap ramp entrance into the building but there are many narrow areas inside.
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
- For what ages is Villa Zorayda Museum appropriate?
This is great for all ages.
- Is parking available at Villa Zorayda Museum?
Yes, free parking is available at the location.
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