The Colonial Quarter, originally known as the Colonial Spanish Quarter, is a living history museum in St. Augustine.
The museum features historic colonial buildings, a replica 35-foot Spanish watchtower, history tours and live musket demonstrations.
In addition, you can also enjoy fine dining on historic St. George Street or watch a live concert at the Colonial Oak Music Park.
The attraction is divided into four areas: the 16th century Spanish First City, the 17th century Spanish Fortified Town, the 18th century Spanish Garrison Town and the 18th century British colony.
The 16th century Spanish First City area features a selection of historic flags flying over the St. Augustine Boardwalk, a live demonstration of a replica 16th century sailing vessel being carved by hand and a display of historic artifacts at the grounds of the Colonial Quarter.
The 17th century Spanish Fortified Town area features a replica 17th century watchtower that visitors can climb, live musket demonstrations and a live blacksmith demonstration.
The 18th century Spanish Garrison Town area features a reconstructed 18th century home that belonged to a soldier, a leather shop with authentic hides and tools where colonist Lorenzo Gomez once lived and an authentic taberna where you can enjoy fine dining and Spanish music.
The 18th century British Colony area features the De Mesa-Sanchez House, a historic house museum built in the 1740s that was first owned by Royal Treasury shore guard Antonio de Mesa, as well as the Gazette Print Shop, which is a reconstruction of the 1770s East Florida Gazette Print Shoppe printing press and a 18th century-style British pub where you can enjoy some authentic food.
The museum first opened in 1963 as a living history museum depicting life in St. Augustine in the 1740s. It operated on a 2.6 acre site owned by the University of Florida and was managed by the city of St. Augustine.
In 2012, Colonial Quarter LLC, which is owned by Pat Croce (who also owns the St. Augustine Pirate Museum), signed a deal with the University of Florida allowing Colonial Quarter LLC to operate the Colonial Quarter Museum.
The site was renovated in 2012, renamed the Colonial Quarter, and reopened in March of 2013.
The Colonial Quarter Museum has become a popular historical attraction in St. Augustine. U.S. News listed it at number 4 in its article on the 11 best things to do in St. Augustine, Planet Ware listed it at number 7 in its article on the 13 top-rated attractions & things to do in St. Augustine, Hotels.com named the museum a must-see attraction on its list 10 things to do in St. Augustine in a day and Travel and Leisure magazine recommended it in its article on things to do in St. Augustine.
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