On Site Attractions

 

Oldest House

 

The Oldest House, also known as the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial dwelling in Florida. Docents lead guests through an escorted tour of the Oldest House. Visitors of the Oldest House get an overview of how the changing colonial tides of St. Augustine impacted the residents of the nation's oldest city through an account of the people that lived in the house. The 25 minute tour brings the St. Augustine's history to life through the lives of the residents.

 

The Oldest House first opened as a museum in 1893. The St. Augustine Historical Society has maintained and managed the house as museum since 1918 and designated as National Historic Landmark in 1970.

 

 

Colonial Kitchen

 

Visitors of the Oldest House Museum Complex can also take a peak in the replica kitchen. The detached coquina kitchen gives guests another insight into the daily lives of the first settlers. 

 

The Manucy Museum

 

The Manucy Museum is housed in the 1924 Webb Building, which in 1924 was the first edifice designed and built as a museum in Florida. The Manucy Museum helps guests discover that dramatic saga of the nation's oldes city. Guests of the museum will learn the significance of exploration, settlement, Christian Missions, treasure fleets, wars and raids, land booms and railroads, and the rise of St. Augustine as a tourist destination. 

 

Page L. Edwards Gallery

 

Housed in the first floor of the Dunham Building, the Page L. Edwards Gallery presents changing exhibits of materials drawn from the St. Augustine Historical Society's rich collections, and also features travelling exhobits from other museums. Currently, the gallery is home to a Map Gallery which features 500 years of Florida coastal maps. Visitors to the Page L. Edwards Gallery can become acquainted with the earliest explorations of this continent through a series of sequential maps.

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