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Arts & Museums
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.
Join the swashbuckling pirate antics at this fantastic museum located in the heart of the old city. Renowned local businessman Pat Croce's established this theme spot in order to share his passion for everything related to these marauders. The museum's collection is quite comprehensive and it's considered to be one of the best of its kind. Exhibits include Captain Thomas Tew's Treasure Chest, authentic Jolly Rogers Flag as well as actual shipwreck treasures from around the world. Apart from these, the museum has a myriad of intriguing exhibits and interactive displays. Tours are available and there's an eclectic gift shop perfect for those little swashbucklers.
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.
Other than High Tide Art Gallery, where else can you buy a vintage surfboard and customized jewelry? At High Tide visitors can find the handiwork from more than 40 different local St. Augustine artists, from surfboards to sculpture, paintings and mosaics, It's definitely a place where guests will find that unique, one-of-a-kind piece to take home or present as a gift. It is also just fun to browse the aisles admiring the artwork.
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.
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.
When you step through the doors of Loves' Art Emporium, you enter a world of unusual and beautiful gifts. Artist Thomas Kincade, 'The Painter of Light' is featured here and the gallery also offers six levels of collectibles from miniscule to extravagant Hawthorne Villages, Nightlights—including plates with an array of backdrops, such as houses, city scenes, gardens, oceans and nature. Loves' Art Emporium is truly a must-visit for every art lover.
Relics from America's Gilded Age reside at the Lightner Museum located in St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city. Some of the ornately impressive exhibits include fine and decorative arts, unusual home furnishings and the highlight, Tiffany stained glass. The collections also include other Victorian collectibles, costumes and even archaic mechanical musical instruments. The museum is in what was once the Alcazar Hotel, a historic landmark that dates back to 1887, and it features the museum's restaurant, the Café Alcazar, inside the massive old swimming pool.
This Government House has been the municipal headquarters for Spanish, British and U.S. administrations since it was built in 1598. The original structure no longer stands, however there has been a government building on this site since then. The museum inside the building features the popular exhibit entitled, 'First Colony: Our Spanish Origins.' It explores its history from early native settlements through European colonization to Flagler's Golden Age. In presentations here, you can see the components of the old city's economy, architecture, culture and archaeology as well as silver pieces retrieved from shipwrecks off of the coast.
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.
They're alive! More than 170 wax renderings collected at Potter's Wax Museum are on display—Hollywood stars, authors, scientists, artists, historic explorers and royalty. Potters was the first wax museum in the United States, and many years after its debut continues to offer both fun and education. Touring the "Chamber of Horrors" exhibit is optional. Potters has the only public real working wax studio. You'll also find a movie theater presentation and a museum shop here.