Villa Zorayda Museum
- (904) 829-9887
Hours of Operation
- Free admission for teachers during Educator Appreciation Days, from Sept. 8 - Oct, 18, 2015. See details below.
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.
State-of-the-art self-guided audio tours are available throughout the day and are available in English, French, and Spanish. Docent-led tours are available by reservation only. On-site parking is free while visiting the museum. For additional information, please call (904)829-9887.
Special Behind the Scene Tours on Tuesdays - June 16 - September 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from June 16 to September 29, 2015, the Villa Zorayda hosts special "Behind the Scenes” tours into seldom-seen areas of the museum. These docent-led tours explore the background and future plans for the areas visited. The tour highlight is the “Tower of the Princesses” on the third floor. The unusual look and feel of this former bedroom have not changed from when it was originally built.
Two tours go out each Tuesday, one at 9 and the other at 9:30 a.m. They begin with the regular Museum audio-guided tour, followed by the Behind the Scenes tour. Tickets for this special package of tours are $19.95 for adults and $9 for children aged 6-12 (not recommended for children 7 and under). Call (904) 829-9887 for reservations.
Educator Appreciation Days
The Villa Zorayda participates in Educator Appreciation Days from September 8 through October 18, 2015. This program offers Florida K-12 educators an extension on summer fun with free admission to select attractions. Educators just need to bring a current pay stub and photo ID when they visit the attraction to take advantage of this offer. Additionally, they can bring up to three guests who will receive 50% off their admission.