Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
Located on Aviles Street in St. Augustine’s historic downtown, the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum is one of the best preserved colonial structures in St. Augustine. Once the premier boarding house in the city, the Ximenez-Fatio House is rich in history, with every room telling its own unique story.
Built as a merchant’s home and place of business in 1798, the coquina stone Ximenez House later became “Miss Fatio’s,” St. Augustine’s most fashionable boarding house. Today, this historic house museum, carefully researched and authentically restored to reflect its heyday during Florida’s first tourism boom from the 1830s through the 1850s, offers insights into the history of a little-known period in Florida history.
Each room has been meticulously interpreted to tell its story about early visitors and how they experienced the Oldest City. Visitors can hear these stories on an unforgettable guided tour through the Museum. And due to ongoing research and archaeological discoveries, the stories of the Ximenez-Fatio House continue to unfold.
The site consists of a coquina detached kitchen building c. 1798 and a reconstructed wash house c. 1802, as well as the main house and a museum store.
In 1939, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Florida acquired the property to use as a state museum house. Along with the National Park Service, State of Florida, Carnegie Foundation and other groups, the Society worked to restore and preserve the site and still owns the historic home.
The museum houses exhibits that focus on the property's role as a boarding house, with items on display like a dry sink, unique fans called punkahs, and an old-fashioned foot warmer. Running a boarding house was one of the few acceptable occupations for a woman in the 19th century, and as such the house and museum are excellent examples of daily life in St. Augustine during its days as a U.S. territory and into its early statehood.
- $10.00 for adults
- $25.00 for families
- $8.00 for seniors, students and military with ID.
Heist at the Museum
The Ximenez-Fatio House is offering a special event on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, that focuses on the rare 17th-century Caravaca Cross that was discovered during an archaeological dig in 2002 at the Ximenez-Fatio House. The artifact has been on display for all visitors to see.
The premise of the "Heist at the Museum" event is that the cross was stolen, and the villain is still on the property and has hidden the cross in one of nine rooms. Join in the hunt for the cross as clues are revealed on this special tour. There are six potential hiding places and six suspects. Who can find the cross? Who can identify the villain? Please help Miss Fatio and the lead detective bring this dastardly criminal to justice.
Heist at the Museum takes place every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20.00 per person and the game will last approximately 90 minutes.
The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum also makes a lovely wedding venue. With its central location on historic Aviles Street, wedding guests will enjoy the convenience of being near all the great restaurants and attractions.
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Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
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|Student, Senior, Military||$8|
|Group Rates Available||Call to Schedule|