Spanish Military Hospital Museum

Spanish Military Hospital Museum, St. Augustine

Spanish Military Hospital Museum

Spanish Military Hospital Museum
4.5
Military Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Your journey to the past begins as our skilled surgeon performs surgical demonstrations. Watch as our Apothecary creates medicines and discover how colonial herbs were the origins of some of the most popular medicines today. We are pet friendly!!
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cemanderson
St. Augustine, FL111 contributions
This museum was unexpectedly terrific. I say unexpected only because I didn't have much of an interest in the subject. But it was one of the best unique museums I've seen, and the tour guide, in costume, did an excellent job of engaging and interacting with the those of us on the tour. He was so knowledgeable and able to convey 1600's medicine to today's medicine, I thought he was a medical professional. Well worth the time and money.
Written July 30, 2022
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Gee
Clearwater, FL28 contributions
Nice tour. They had multiple antiques that were well presented on the first room that was self guided. Then we went inside to another room where our guide explained a little more about Spanish medicine and procedures (mostly amputations), after that we were taken to a third room where she explained more about herbs and how they were used( they even gave us a flyer with all the info) and then we were taken to the garden where they have samples of different herbs. After that is over and you exit thru the gift shop that in my opinion was a little outdated. We really enjoyed the tour, our guide was very knowledgable and nice but I feel that for the price I was expecting a little bit more. I still recommend it.
Written April 28, 2021
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barbaraw7295
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the tour. Our guides do the best they can in the limited amount of time we have for the tour.
Written April 30, 2021
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liketotravel010
Selkirk, NY213 contributions
We were very fortunate to be the only people on a tour of this museum. As medical professionals, we found the museum to very interesting and the docent tailored her information to our background. It is not a museum for the faint of heart. We did learn that the descriptions of certain topics could be adjusted according to the audience. If you have an interest in early medicine and surgical procedures, this museum should be on your to do list when in St. Augustine.
Written March 13, 2022
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barbaraw7295
Thank you. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour, it's always a bonus for the guides when medical professionals are on tour.
Written April 15, 2022
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Chuck W
Port Charlotte, FL125 contributions
This was a rather expensive stop for a quick lecture on 16th century medical practices. You sat in a pew as a narrator/docent droned on without ever taking a breath. too much info too quickly delivered. A so-so stop.
Written December 20, 2020
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David Z
Libertyville, IL19 contributions
SUPER informative tour. While some of the medical details are a bit stomach churning, the tour provides a great look into what life was like in the second Spanish period of St. Augustine. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer our questions on topics beyond just the medical subject matter of the museum. Highly recommended.
Written May 14, 2021
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barbaraw7295
Thank you David, we are very glad you enjoyed the tour
Written June 15, 2021
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historydoc3
Saint Augustine Beach, FL82 contributions
This evening tour was wonderfully presented highlighting the quackery of days past. It shows the darker side of the medical profession. Kim, the docent, is very funny & informative. This is a "must see" tour for history lovers and medical professionals!
Written June 18, 2021
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barbaraw7295
Thank you. We enjoyed having you!!
Written June 19, 2021
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Mrs H and I!
Alabama134 contributions
Couples
We got there as it opened and had a one on one tour with our host, Katie.

Katie was a great tour guide and it was a very interesting dive into late 18th and early 19th century medical history. While there are no pictures or diagrams, her descriptions of amputation will leave no room for fanciful imagination.

She answered my questions and she was very knowledgeable.

One could tell that she enjoyed giving the presentation and was not just reciting verse.

Well worth the visit but leave the kids at home or at the hotel room.
Written June 19, 2020
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R D
Georgia Coast, GA32 contributions
Family
This was my second time to the Spanish Military Hospital, and I enjoyed it even more the second time. We brought a group of scouts and they absolutely loved it. The staff was actively engaging all the kids and not just rattling off facts. It was so interesting to see all the old medical practices, especially during the pandemic.
Written November 22, 2020
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Thank you, we always enjoy having the kids on tour. We look forward to you next visit.
Written March 17, 2021
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rachelwest8
Charlottesville, VA42 contributions
We learned a lot not just about medical practices during the second Spanish period, but also about herbs and how they were (and still are) used. You get to sit during the majority of the tour in an air conditioned room, too, which is a big plus. I would say if you are interested in St. Augustine's history but want to see a different side of it that isn't as well known or emphasized in other places around the city, this is definitely the place for you!
Written June 20, 2020
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Lauren T
Knoxville, TN27 contributions
This is not the most COVID-cautious excursion as there are lots of things to touch and it's rather crowded, but the presentation quality and content of each room were interesting. We found 11 out of the 12 "hidden" things in the scavenger hunt. Our kids enjoyed the cannon room and the movie props the most. They weren't as interested in the wealth of historical information, and after touring the Castillo that morning, were worn out from educational information. Visually, it's very enjoyable. I would say "Good"... slightly better than average but not quite "very good" if I had the option.
Written March 19, 2021
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barbaraw7295
We are sorry that whatever attraction you went to you did not feel was COVID-19, but this was not us. We only have our 2 rooms for our surgical and apothecary demonstrations, along with our lobby for artifacts. We operate at only a 50% capacity, guests are safely spaced and seated during our demonstrations, and our rooms are sanitized between tours. We do not have a scavenger hunt, we do not have anything to do with pirates, guests are not allowed to touch the exhibits, and we do not have a cannon room. Next time you are in St Augustine we hope that you actually take our tour and review us in the correct location.
Written March 24, 2021
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