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St. Augustine Oldest House

A St. Augustine attraction for history enthusiasts, curious souls and those who enjoy marvelous architecture, The Oldest House Museum Complex offers many things for many people. Owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society, the complex includes Florida’s Oldest House, two museums, a changing exhibition gallery, an ornamental garden, and a museum store. The González-Alvarez House is the oldest surviving Spanish Colonial home in Florida.

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As you stroll through this amazing structure, you’ll learn about the Spanish, British and American occupations of St. Augustine and gain insight into what life was like for the colonists during those times. Then, take time to see the Manucy Museum, where a comprehensive exhibition reveals more than 400 years of Florida history, including the enthralling past of the Oldest House and its residents.

Inside the Tovar House, which dates back to the 1740’s, visitors can follow Florida’s military history in the Museum of Florida’s Military.

You’ll see uniforms, weapons and equipment from the Colonial Period to the Persian Gulf War. After, stop into the Page L. Edwards Gallery, where you can see collections of artifacts belonging to the Historical Society as well as traveling collections. The Oldest House Garden is a place where tranquility transcends every generation. Take in its traditional ornamental beauty amongst plants grown by Spanish, British and American colonists. Before you leave the Oldest House Museum Complex, be sure to visit the Museum Shop where you can purchase gifts, souvenirs and books on Florida history.


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