Spanish Military Hospital
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 their skilled surgeons perform surgical demonstrations. Learn how medicines were made in the day using the plants, herbs, and spices grown in the gardens with their apothecary demonstrations.
Stop in, see their museum collection of antique surgical instruments, and “leech” some knowledge from their experienced guides. There, 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 their apothecary’s garden and appreciate herbs that are still used in medicines today. A journey of discovery for the whole family!
Their 30 minute, fully guided tour takes you back to colonial Spanish days of medicine. Your journey to the past begins as our skilled surgeon performs surgical demonstrations. Watch as their Apothecary creates medicines and discover how colonial herbs were the origins of some of the most popular medicines today.
Join them on Friday & Saturday evenings, and learn the chilling truth of humanity’s medicinal past! The first tour of its kind!! A time in history when the most outrageous, ridiculous, and downright deadly treatments were performed, all in the name of medicine.
Their 45 minute educational tour provides an enriching and memorable living history experience. Students will thrill as their adventure into the past begins as their skilled surgeons perform virtual surgery on a lucky volunteer.