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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"St Augustine visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
This was 1 of my favorites. The guide was so very informative. I wish I remembered her name younger girl very knowledgeable and witty.
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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
"lots of history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2019 NEW
medicine really was rough in the good old days, with all of the saws it was plain to see if it hurt just cut it off
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"Interesting little stop"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 01, 2019 NEW
Alittle shorter than I expected but the information shared was really interesting. If you're into medicine at all this would be worth your time.
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Fargo, North Dakota
"I dont do history tours but this was So worth it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 28, 2019 NEW
about a 30min tour - had coupon from Local Flavor so it was EVEN BETTER. I did this for the family but I was SO GLAD we experienced it. The 20-30min experience was worth every penny. they were knowledgeable and friendly and extremely interesting. again, this is from the Mom who is bored easily on these. The History loving Dad loved it and the 11 year old boy was totally into it too! Keep up the great work. :) Thank you!
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Walter C
"Spanish Military Hospital"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 24, 2019 NEW
This museum is a must see, when visiting downtown St. Augustine. Great history lesson for all. Go any day during the week to get a personalized tour from one of the re-enactors. Weekends are entirely too crowded. One thing some people may not like is, the tour ends at the gift shop, but there's no pressure to buy. They have great, handmade soaps, the best scented soaps that I ever purchased.
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