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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Palm Coast, Florida
"Very Interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2020 NEW
This is an interesting tour. Bring your family and learn about how they treated injuries and illnesses ?way back when".
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marita g
Merritt Island, Florida
"Toured with a doctor...."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 06, 2020 NEW
We both enjoyed this Tour! Not the highlight of St. Augustine but worth the price of admission, especially if you have any interest in the olden days' health care.
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Charleston, South Carolina
"A great interpretation "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2020
I passed by this small museum and stopped in on a whim. I thought it might be interesting and I was very impressed. The best part was the interpretation of early medical procedures which were presented by our guide Josh. His story flowed well and he clearly explained and presented both the procedures and tools used. His delivery was both insightful and informative. He then showed early natural medicinal plants and animals explained there early uses as well as connecting them to current time. I learned a lot and had a good time in this museum.
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The Villages, Florida
"Extremely interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020
It was extremely interesting to see all of the historic implements used by this hospital. The docent did an amazing job of explaining everything it was truly enjoyable.
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Plymouth, Michigan
"Wonderful guide and visuals about Spanish medical history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2019
This tour was very interesting and I highly recommend it for any one interested in this area. The guide was extraordinarily knowledgeable and welcomed comments and questions. She demonstrated immense patience with one of the guests who was a bit squeamish about all the information shared.
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