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2310 State Road 16
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 823-8636
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Arts & Museums
This educational museum takes you back to 1565, when Spanish conquistadors first landed and established a presence in the New World. Here at Fort Menendez, visitors can experience how these Europeans interacted with the Timucuan Indians who inhabited the region at the time. Visitors will also sense what it was actually like to live, work and trade in those times where they act as traders and merchants. Here guests can truly imagine themselves in the Spanish colonial era, when they use ancient pump drills, discover 18th-century amusements or even hand-dip homemade candles. There is also the opportunity to act like an old-time Florida pioneer, writing with actual feather quill pens in a true-to-life pioneer homestead.
The Oldest Store Museum was a former general store at the turn-of-the century definitely takes visitors back to 1903. With its enormous collection of original stock, guns, hardware, advertising art, and house wares, the friendly guides (who remain in character from 1900) will interact and explain the exhibits along you the way. You'll get the feeling as you look at the Model-T truck, a Conestoga wagon and steam tractor, all while a lively player piano kicks up a tune or two.
Enter the Gilded Age of Henry Flagler as his story is told through unpublished photographs and priceless artifacts while at this museum where you can also explore how St. Augustine and Florida grew and prospered under Spanish, British, French, and American rule.
This building which housed the Old St. Johns County Jail is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival architecture. It was built in 1891 by the same firm that created Alcatraz and during its use as a jail, it gained a reputation as one of the most violent places in Florida. The jail ceased to function in 1953 and since then it has become quite the tourist attraction due to the rumored ghosts that walk the halls. In fact, the jail executed eight prisoners over the course of its history. The tours are guided and after the visit, the jail is a good place to catch a ferry or train to other points of interest around St. Augustine.
This offbeat gallery is housed, as the name implies, in a former garage contains many works of art that are predominantly from local artists. The range of media is vast, from traditional oil paints to wood and glass, eclecticism is the name of the game. The gallery also hosts many events throughout the year, popular ones include its 'First Fridays' or popular Art Garage Sale which pops-up more often than not. Since the gallery opened in 1999 and since then it has brought art to the community at-large.
The Rembrandtz Art Gallery has become something of a catch-all for art, souvenirs, and gifts in downtown St. Augustine. Consistently voted one of the best businesses in the city for gifts and artwork, Rembrandtz occupies a unique niche between showcase venue for local artists, offbeat souvenir shop and the kind of gift shop guaranteed to put a memorable spin on any occasion.
This branch of the Ripley's franchise is unique because unlike other locations around the country, this one is housed in a former Spanish governor's mansion. The mansion itself is a gorgeous historical monument, with windows and architecture that only add to the allure of the bizarre. The main exhibit in the mansion is the 'Odditorium,' where guests will find plenty of curious curios and macabre artifacts. The other tour options here include the 'Red Train' tour, which ferries passengers around historical sites in town, or the 'Ghost Train' tour that follows a more paranormal track. All of the tickets can be purchased separately or in combination.
At the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum you will get a glimpse into the lifestyle and revisit the re-constructed houses of the people who lived during the Spanish colonial era. It is comprised of different themes and each tour has a knowledgeable guide that tells you stories about the life in 18th Century. It is open throughout the year for self-guided and group tours which includes a tour to the only original structure in the quarter, the De Mesa Sanchez House.
In keeping with the Spanish-Moorish theme of much of old St. Augustine, Villa Zorayda is a sumptuously decorated mock-Arabian palace in the middle of America's first city. The Villa is spectacular inside and out, it features the geometric decor and vaulted arches typical of the Alhambra or the palaces of old Cordoba. In fact, the palace actually mimics a part of the Alhambra in 1/10 scale. The Villa was built in 1883 and since then it had undergone many incarnations as a former casino, private club, residence, and meetinghouse. Today it houses the eclectic collections of its original benefactor Franklin Smith as well as that of former owner Abraham Mussallem.
A haven for early Greek settlers, this lovely 18th century structure with an open courtyard contains a small museum highlighting the history of Greek culture and worship in the formation of St. Augustine. Also on offer are Greek-themed souvenirs and books in the modest gift shop.
You will be entertained and educated at Early American Weapons & History museum that features an authentic collection of weaponry, spanning centuries and the globe. You will see all types of unusual guns, rifles, pistols, muskets and swords, along with various artifacts dating from the 15th to 19th centuries. There are also 18th century shipwreck artifacts, English colonial and Spanish artifacts, Civil War relics, a large Confederate Army weaponry display and much more.
Everything is authentic and educational at this museum that features a collection of historical items from the 1500s to the 1900s including unusual guns and swords, shipwreck artifacts, the piano of the tenth President of the United States, John Tyler, and an array of items from the Colonial days, the Indian period, and the Civil War. A large museum store is also on site.