The Oldest Store Museum93 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 04:30 pm]
- Address: 4 Artillery Lane, Saint Augustine, FL 32084, St Augustine, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9048299729
- Ticket Price: 10 USD
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Museums, History Museums, Observatory, Educational Site
Chinese indentured labourers poured into the United States to work on the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1800’s. They came from peasant families in south-eastern China and were signed to contracts that ran up to five years for relatively low wages. They brought various medicines — including snake oil. Made from the oil of the Chinese water snake, which is rich in the omega-3 acids that help reduce inflammation, snake oil in its original form really was effective. Come to the Oldest Store Museum and find out why a legitimate medicine become a symbol of fraud!
Mr. C.F. Hamblen as the friendly clerks will tell you the history behind the snake oil salesman which is a derogatory phrase traced back to the latter half of the 19th century, which saw a dramatic rise in the popularity of "patent medicines." Tonics sold in bottles were advertised as perfect cures and they were really fakes.
Within the four walls of this museum which houses over 100,000 items you will find a Goat Powered Washing Machine, Steam Driven Tractor, Farm Equipment, Worm Syrup, Corn Sheller, Collars and Corsets, Bikes, Trikes, and Heath Underwear. The local actors and storytellers make this tour even more amusing by providing history and wit all rolled into one. They are recognized for their ability to enthral and entertain guests, as they share a common passion for history and talent to amuse folks.
You would walk around and figure out what everything is, or read descriptions of items on a place-card. Instead, the proprietor and his guide act the part of the shop owner and his assistant. They give you a history of the shop, as if they are trying to sell you the items themselves. Everything they pretended to sell seemed authentic, from the corn grinder, to the Penny Farthings. It is a great way to learn history!
The Oldest Store Museum Travel Tips
- Included in the ticket is the admission to the museum.
- The tour if fully guided and narrated.
- The Oldest Store Museum is wheelchair accessible.
- The Oldest Store Museum is open for 1/2 day only on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
Entrance Ticket Details For The Oldest Store Museum
If you purchase the tickets online, there is a discount:
- For Adult: $ 8.59
- For Child: $ 4.77
- Free for children under six.
If you purchase the tickets on the spot there is no discount:
- For Adult: $ 9.54
- For Child: $ 5.30
- Free for Children under six.
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- Gaufres & Goods: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch Spot.
- La Herencia Café: American, Cuban, Vegetarian, Soup.
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7.46% of people who visit St Augustine include The Oldest Store Museum in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
42.86% of people start their The Oldest Store Museum visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see The Oldest Store Museum
78.57% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Oldest Store Museum
The Oldest Store Museum Reviews & Ratings
Great place to spend some time out of the summer heat! Eclectic, eccentric, and lots of freak-show fun to be had! If you like Ripley's, ghost stories, and anything on the odd side-do yourself a favor and make the trip!
Fair priced. Staff is amazing. Honestly, can't think of a negative word to say. From fact to conspiracy to downright insane, this place covers it all. I thought the layout was amazing. The free pop corn was amazing. My favorite movie is House of 1000 Corpses and stepping foot into here is what I imagine stepping foot in the home of The Devil's Rejects would be. Amazing aesthetic. Highly recommend to anyone with the capability to think for themselves.
Looked cool from the reviews and website, but as of July 13, 2019 it's closed and boarded up.
What a delightful establishment! They have everything here and So Many Wonders and interesting Oddities and ephemera. I thoroughly enjoyed walking all around and inspecting everything. This place is like going back in time and he has the feel of the past when they used to have sideshows and Mysteries and wonders. It is a truly wonderful gem of a place!
Lots of people in these reviews mention the smell. It’s an old Victorian home, very creepy, and in my opinion the smell adds to the whole dungeon vibe they have going on. The staff is super nice and it’s a really fun way to kill an hour or two. Lots of cool artifacts and exhibits. Wish I had a giant black circular bed like they have here. Take it from your local St. Augustine goth- come by and enjoy it!