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!

Reserve St. Augustine 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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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
"Lots of Interesting Stories"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2018 NEW
Lots of interesting stories and examples comparing medicine from old to new. Not only procedures but also plants used. Tour guide was knowledgeable and I wish he would slow down a bit. He knows lots! Glad we stopped by.
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Tampa, Florida
"Must see stop"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2018 NEW
This stop was a pleasant surprise. My wife and I added this to our list the last day and it was well worth the time. Dawn was our guide and was so knowledgeable and entertaining. Her presentations made it seem like you lived through the experience in person.
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Cindy P
Orlando, Florida, United States
"What is up doc?"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 30, 2018
Great living history demonstration with lots of great tales about surgery and medicine in the colonial period. We loved our tour guide who helped us get an abbreviated tour so we would' t the last trolley.
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Brenda D
"Surgery anyone!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2018
This is a quaint little museum located not far from the fort. They take you on a tour of how they did the medical stuff back in the day. As a nurse, this was very intriguing to me!
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Donna W
Saint Augustine
"Most interesting tour yet"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 02, 2018
Learn about the 1800’s Military medical procedures..u will be the instruments and ways they used to save lives..really cool
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