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 and 3:00pm, weather permitting. Self-guided audio tours are available at any time.
Over the 225-year history of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum, many have come through our doors. Weary travelers welcomed through the proper front entrance, guests enjoyed the luxuries of home, with a bit of Florida style, and the ill healed in the midst of warm sunshine and clean sea breezes. There were some who passed through our doors, however, who were unseen. Those who may have used the front door but went unnoticed. Some who never used the front door as they rarely left. They lived here, as well, but their stories are not as widely known. We at the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum believe the time has come to share their story. “I Lived Here, As Well” is their story.
We love group tours! Whether you are looking for a unique learning opportunity for your student or adult group or a fun afternoon with friends, we have something to offer. Our wide offering of group programming is customizable according to your groups interests and time available for your visit.
We offer student tours to grades K-12 and college level. For lifelong learners, we can customize a tour perfect for your group’s interests and itinerary. For more information and to book contact our office at (904) 829-3575.
This isn’t your average St. Augustine ghost tour! Embark on an otherworldly journey as you join a professional paranormal investigation hosted by premier local paranormal investigators, A Night Among Ghosts within our historic house museum. As a guest, you’ll have the unique opportunity to explore the hidden realms of the past under the expert guidance of paranormal investigators. Armed with specialized equipment such as EMF meters, REM pods, audio recording devices, and more, participate in real-time experiments seeking to connect with spirits that inhabit the Museum. This immersive experience provides guests with a unique perspective of history, mystery, and the unexplained, offering a night of exploration and intrigue within the hallowed halls of our storied museum.
Are you brave enough to experience the ghostly side of the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum? Paranormal investigations are held monthly all year!
Did you know the St. Augsutine Art Association was originally founded within the walls of the colonial-era kitchen of the Ximenez-Fatio Hous Museum? In its first offiical partnership with the St Augustine Art Association, the 225-year-old Ximenez-Fatio House Musem will present A Celebration of Art & History from November 18th through January 5th. Discover art and history as the Museum is transformed into a gallery within the historic furnishings of the Museum.
Selected artists include Melissa Whitehead, Martha Ferguson, Linda Sperruzzi, Laura Leibert, Catherine St. Jean, Angela Gaudioso-Klein, Barbara Betus, Paula Pascucci, Svetlana Shorey, Robyn Freedman, Gwen Mehler, Teri Tompkins, Judy Vance, and the Flagler College Fine Arts Department – Leslie Robison, Sara Pedigo, and Jason Schwab.
Self Guided Holiday House Tours will take place from November 18th-January 5th at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 3 pm, with Guided Tours available at 11 am and 3 pm.
In an effort to create an inclusive and enriching museum experience, we proudly offer American Sign Language (ASL) and Tactile guided tours. ASL guided tours cater to individuals with hearing impairments, providing an opportunity for them to engage with the exhibits. In partnership with certified ASL interpreters, our Museum docents ensure that participants can fully comprehend and appreciate the cultural and historical significance of our story.
For those who are visually impaired, our Tactile guided tours provide a unique and immersive encounter with the museum’s collections. These tours involve tactile elements, allowing participants to touch and feel specific artifacts or replicas, enhancing their understanding and connection with the exhibits. Our docents facilitate a sensory-rich experience, fostering a deeper appreciation for the diverse stories within the Museum’s walls.
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