Self guided audio tours in English, Spanish, and French are included with admission and run continuously throughout the day. The audio tours average between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the pace that you are comfortable with. Touring the Villa Zorayda Museum requires standing and walking for the length of your visit. Limited seating is available in certain areas. Instructions on using the audio guide are given at the beginning of each tour and are clear and simple enough for anyone to use and enjoy the experience. Audio guides must be held to the guests ear to hear the tour. The Museum does not provide headphones, but if guests would like to use their own they are welcome to.
The handheld audio guide tells visitors about the Zorayda’s lively 139 years of history including the building’s importance to St. Augustine, details about its design and construction, memories from its time as a gambling casino, restaurant, and speakeasy, and information about the impressive 98% original art and antique collection of both of the previous owners.
Our staff is happy to answer questions and give more information about certain pieces or events.
Printed copies of the English version of the audio tour available upon request.
Your visit to the Villa Zorayda Museum will cover 2 levels with one flight of stairs. Because of the historic architecture of the building, there is no elevator inside. Guests with mobility issues should advise the attendant at the entrance of the Museum or call 904-829-9887. A wheelchair entrance can be accessed at the rear of the building with assistance from the Museum staff. Please know that many areas inside are narrow and small.
The Villa Zorayda Museum does not permit: food, beverages, umbrellas, large strollers, or smoking inside. Large bags, items, and backpacks are required to be left with the attendant at the front. Please refrain from touching the walls or artifacts inside the Museum. Animals are not permitted inside the Museum with exception of service dogs. Non flash photography is now permitted inside select areas of the Museum.
Non recreational photography and videography must be arranged in advance with Museum approval. Please contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org for commercial and non recreational photography and video.
Covid- 19 Update
The Villa Zorayda Museum is adhering to CDC guidelines to keep our guests and staff safe.
-Admission includes a self guided audio tour
-All audio guides are sanitized
-Face masks are optional
-Purchase tickets in advance here
-We appreciate your understanding and kindness during this time
The Villa Zorayda Museum has been privately owned by the Mussallem/Byles family for over 100 years. We are happy to be open for you to visit the Museum.