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Spanish Military Hospital Museum

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Address: 3 Aviles St, Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Phone Number: +1 904-342-7730
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Description: Travel Back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital, where the doctor is...
Travel Back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital, where the doctor is always in. Our fully guided tours take you back to the Colonial Spanish days of medicine. Learn why the Spanish were considered 400 years ahead of their time in medicine. See how surgeries were preformed in Colonial times with our surgical demonstrations. Watch how medicines were made using the plants and herbs grown in their gardens with our apothecary demonstration.
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Presentation of different surgeries and the instruments that were used was very gruesome. The guide talked with glee about amputations and spurting blood. I would not recommend... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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tampa,FL
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tampa,FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Presentation of different surgeries and the instruments that were used was very gruesome. The guide talked with glee about amputations and spurting blood. I would not recommend for children or easily squeamish. Presentation on herbs and natural remedies was more enjoyable.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a small museum that gives you a good picture of what it was to be an injured or sick Spanish soldier in the late 1700s. Lots of medical instruments on display, a replica of a ward plus the dying room, and docents prepared to give great detail on how things were done. Much of the practices were more... More 

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Homestead, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

If you're fascinated by history and medicine, this is the tour for you! Incredibly informative and the tour guide was hilarious! She was a mature woman but I did not get her name, sadly. It isn't for the faint of heart but it IS an old hospital museum... It should be common sense that it may have some elements adults... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Went with a 4th grade class as a chaperone and the 'Nick' the museum guide was absolutely horrible!! He gave lots of information most of which no one could understand because he spoke so fast. He was extremely rude and impatient when a child would raise their hand to ask a question. One child got nervous as Nick was rushing... More 

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Barbara W, Owner at Spanish Military Hospital Museum, responded to this review

Please contact us with additional information as to what school this was so that we can look into this immediately. (904) 342-7730 More 

Westfield, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was another attraction for those interested in the Spanish era culture and history of Saint Augustine.The guided museum tour takes about 45 minutes and covers the history and techniques of early Spanish medicine which was quite advanced for the time. It needed to be since the tropical area had more than its share of health challenges. We found the... More 

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Indianapolis
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343 helpful votes 343 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great tour, lots of info, personable guide. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Guide is definitely not from the south. His deliver is non-stop and very fast. Still, he gives a huge amount of interesting info in a short time. There are also several hands on demonstrations. Great short tour.

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Orlando, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I loved the information given in the tour. But from other reviews and tours shown on trip advisor, it doesn't look like all tours are as interactive. Some pics showed the audience members being used to demonstrate surgical tools for effect :) I thought this might captivate my 4 yo to an extent. But ours was a quiet up eventful... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A short and informative tour about what life was like at the hospital for the soldiers. Very interesting artifacts from that time period. Not for the squeamish! 😄

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My husband had never been to this little gem in the Old City and since we are both medical reenactors, I thought he might enjoy it. My previous visit was informative and so was this one. Maybe some of the other reviews had a bad Docent, but ours was engaging and had a great personality. They had a nice amount... More 

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Los Angeles
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I learned so much from this museum. Our guide made the second colonial period come to life. She was so versed in the medical proceedings of the time. It is a bit gruesome at times, but educational and entertaining

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