Villa Zorayda Museum
- (904) 829-9887
Hours of OperationSun: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Villa Zorayda Museum is an architectural masterpiece built by Franklin Smith in 1883. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this grand Gilded Age home is built 1/10th the scale of a portion of the Moorish castle, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
In addition to the magnificent architecture of the building is the collection of antiques and fine art, featuring paintings, seventeenth-century furniture, beautiful hanging brass lamps, oriental rugs, and an Egyptian rug over 2,400 years old that was originally taken from one of the pyramids in Egypt.
The Villa Zorayda Museum is open Monday through Saturday from from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. (with last admission at 4:30 p.m.), and on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
On-site parking is free while visiting the Museum. State-of-the-art self guided audio tours are available throughout the day in English, Spanish, and French. Docent-led group tours are available by reservation only. The Behind the Scenes / Audio Guided Package Tour is available Tuesday mornings through March 29, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. For additional information, please call (904) 829-9887.
Behind the Scenes / Audio Guided Package Tour
Every Tuesday through March 29, 2016, join us for a special "Behind the Scenes" Tour. Visitors will be taken to rarely-seen areas of the Museum where our docents will give an explanation of what the areas were used for in the past and what future plans may be coming. The highlight of this tour is the never before seen "Tower of the Princesses" located on the third floor. Stairs are steep and narrow and visitors must be in good physical condition to make the climb. Guests begin with the audio guided tour and conclude with the "Behind the Scenes" Tour.
Total time of this special tour is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Two tours are given each Tuesday morning -- one at 9:00 a.m. and the second at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are strongly suggested, as a very limited number of guests are taken on each tour. Adult admission is $19.95 plus tax and children 8-12 are $9.00 plus tax. Tour is not recommended for children 7 and under. For reservations call (904) 829-9887.
The Villa Zorayda Museum will offer their 7th Annual Candlelight Tours of the Museum during the upcoming holiday season. These special guided tours are offered on select evenings during St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights celebration. The Zorayda is beautifully decorated for the holidays, with a spectacular Christmas tree decorated in the colors of the Zorayda (red and gold) and located center stage in the Court of Lions. Over one hundred candles are aglow throughout the museum as the docents lead guests by candlelight inside the beautiful Gilded Age House Museum built by Franklin W. Smith in 1883.
Candlelight Tours of the Villa Zorayda Museum make for a wonderful evening in St. Augustine during Nights of Lights, which begins November 19, 2016. These tours have taken place every year over the past seven years and have become a tradition during the holiday season. The candles, hanging brass lamps, and Christmas decorations combine with the original art and antiques on display to create an amazing effect that can only be defined as magical. Select tours include include refreshments of homemade cookies, punch, and coffee before the tour. Please visit here or call (904) 829-9887 for dates and pricing.
Weddings and Special Events
The Moorish Court of the Villa Zorayda is a one-of-a-kind venue for special events, from wedding receptions to intimate seated dinner parties and large cocktail parties. The staff is happy to make the venue arrangements and recommend local caterers. Call (904) 829-9887 or email here for details on renting this spectacular venue for a truly memorable occasion.