Welcome to the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

1798 – 2023 Celebrating 225 years of St. Augustine History

"The old houses, built of a kind of stone which is seemingly a pure concretion of small shells, overhang the streets with their wooden balconies; and the gardens between the houses are fenced on the side of the street with high walls of stone. Peeping over these walls you see branches of the pomegranate, and of the orange-tree now fragrant with flowers, and, rising yet higher, the leaning boughs of the fig with its broad luxuriant leaves."  Poet, William Cullen Bryant describing St. Augustine in April 1843.

Every Room Has a Story

In 1798, Don Andres Ximenez built this fine three-story coquina home for his bride, Juana Pellicer. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of overnight guests sought refuge within our walls from war, sickness, hurricanes, and to start new adventures in the paradise of Florida, just to name a few. For 223 years this home has been owned and operated by generations of enterprising women and continues to still be owned and operated by women today. Learn more about our story…

What Will You Discover?

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is proud to offer a variety of specialty tours and events across an array of topics for all interests and ages. From tales of life as an enslaved person in antebellum St. Augustine, our colonial gardens, archaeological discoveries, and after-hours tours by candlelight sharing our spooky side, there is always something happening at our historic house museum and property! Continue reading to explore more!

There is Always Something Happening at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum!

Upcoming Events

“I Lived Here, As Well – Together

The museum’s latest installment of the “I Lived Here as Well” series combines the 2022 and 2021 programs into a single performance. Guests will be guided through the house by actors portraying both male AND female characters. This intersectional glance at St. Augustine during the 1800s is sure to entertain history buffs and art-lovers alike. The tour will be open to the public, led by costumed historical actors and last approximately 60 minutes. The program will include stories and accounts not heard during the traditional museum tour, along with full access to the house museum’s three floors of exhibition space.

Everyday Life Tour

Our classic museum tour gives guests a broad overview of the over 220 years of history at the Ximenez-Fatio House. Beginning in 1798, with the construction of the home during the Second Spanish Period by our first owner, Andres Ximenez, explore how townsfolk lived in Colonial Spanish Florida. As you move into the American Territorial Period beginning in 1821, discover how early American Floridians created a new industry: tourism. Meet our first woman owner who converted the residence into a fine boarding house for visitors. We will tell you about the women who own this building and property, the people who ran it, and the guests who frequented it.

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum’s Everyday Life tour is available Monday to Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Docent guided tours are available at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm, weather permitting. Self-guided audio tours are available all day until 4:15pm.

Professional Paranormal Investigations

Looking to explore our museum’s ghostly side with a professional paranormal researcher? The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum has partnered with A Night Among Ghosts to provide hands-on paranormal investigations utilizing a variety of investigative techniques. Find out more here!