Spanish Military Hospital Museum in St. Augustine, FL

3 Aviles StreetSt. Augustine, FL 32084
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Situated just steps from the Matanzas River, the Spanish Military Hospital Museum offers fully guided 40-minute regular and private tours that take guests back to the colonial Spanish days of medicine. Tours include staged surgical demonstrations, medicine creation from colonial herbs, and more. The museum is the only exclusive second Spanish period educational tour in St. Augustine.


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Travel back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital, where the doctor is always in. Discover untold history as fully guided tours take you back to the Colonial Spanish days of medicine, and the medical practices of the day.

Watch as our skilled surgeons perform surgical demonstrations.Learn how medicines were made in the day using the plants, herbs and spices grown in the gardens with our apothecary demonstrations. Stop in, see our museum collection of antique surgical instruments, and "leech" some knowledge from our experienced guides. Here, you can experience a tapestry of medicine- uncover how Spanish physicians wove together knowledge from Europe and Africa to achieve an astonishing survival rate.

Visit our apothecary's garden and appreciate herbs which are still used in medicines today.

A journey of discovery for the whole family!

Tripster Customer Reviews

terri weston
Tampa, FL
5 Reviews
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"Great tour"
June 2016
Loved stepping back in tine to see the tools and medicines used in this hospital. Took 3 teens with me and they found it not only interesting & informative BUT our tour guide was hilarious!!
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Tip: Tools of the trade are awesome & the medicines arent much different than from today.

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"Will make you appreciate modern medicine"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2019 NEW
Really cool museum that teaches colonial medicine and surgery techniques. You’ll get to see a demonstration of actual tools that were used and learn about herbals and old school drugs that were given. Gross but not too gory. Nice way to get out of the heat for an hour.
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Franklin, Tennessee
"Anybody for some surgery?"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019
This place takes you back in time where amputations were the norm for severe injuries. They demonstrate for you how these procedures were done. These settlers were pretty rugged people.
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Danielle T
Cape Coral, Florida
"Must see!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2019
One of the most memorable experiences of the trip. Takes about half an hour but it is a great place to sit down, cool off, and learn about amputations, ailments, and herbs before modern medicine.
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Valrico, Florida
"If it's your cup of tea"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2019
My wife and I have been going to St Augustine for years. I’ve passed the Spanish Military Hospital many times but never stopped in. This time I was with a member of my family, a nurse, that wanted to visit it. It turned out to be very interesting. While the environment is very small the tour guides are knowledgeable and do a great job explaining medicine and medical care at historic times. I thought it was very interesting and our" nurse" loved it.
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Springfield, Missouri
"Amazing History!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019
I am a physician, so found this to be the best thing I did in St. Augustine! The history of how the early doctors cared for patients and their procedures were excellent! Well worth your time!
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