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The first surgeon in the 18th century Spanish world wanted to eliminate that which was unessential, bring back that which was dislocated, separate that which was joint and seam that which was divided. He wanted to repair the defects of Nature. But he was incapable of overcoming the three main obstacles: bleeding, pain and infection. Soon he transformed surgery from a risky art to scientific discipline at the Spanish Military Hospital which is now a museum.
The hospital was strictly a military facility; only military were treated there and only military personnel worked on the staff. Tours recreate the hospital practices of the late 1700s. They include a full surgical demonstration of procedures done at the time, an apothecary demonstration discussing the medicines used and their manufacture, and a tour of the medicinal herb gardens. The museum covers the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821) medical practices and it is a hidden treasure at the beginning of the oldest street in the United States.
Explore an authentic Military Hospital and experience life as a doctor or patient during the Second Spanish Colonial Period. If the doctor failed to save a life, he’d ring Death Bell. He had an apothecary full of medicinal plants and herbs and armed with knowledge, he created a tapestry of medicine. His fellow physicians came back from Europe and Africa and together they achieved an astonishing survival rate. The role played by the Catholic Spanish is displayed at the museum, through their clothes, and learn more about their religion. Discover untold history as the guides demonstrate uncharted colonial surgery techniques. Eighteenth-century surgeons prided themselves on fast amputations, as well as procedures such as removing bladder stones, cancers, even cataracts from the eyes.
The hospital was a three part facility consisting of Hospital West (constructed in the First Spanish Period), Hospital East (constructed during the British Period) and the Apothecary in the William Watson House (constructed in the British Period). These three parts plus their outbuildings and gardens functioned as a hospital complex during the Second Spanish Period.
Spanish Military Hospital Museum Travel Tips
- Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. Purchasing in advance entitles you to a buy one get one half off discount.
- To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.
- Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
- Children of all ages enjoy their experience, and the staff is accustomed to catering the tour to a younger audience.
- They offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 6-12 and children under 6 years old can come for free.
- They have a wonderful gift shop which focuses on local arts and crafts, which are mostly handmade.
- Carry your camera for exceptional shots with in the museum and outside.
- Since you will be on your feet for the duration of the tour, wear comfortable shoes and dress casually.
- They do have restrooms, or lockers so you have to carry whatever you bring in and drinking and eating is not allowed on the premises.
- Strollers, wheelchairs and pets are all allowed in the museum.
- Private/student tours with special group rates are available, and they host many school field trips throughout the year.
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8.98% of people who visit St Augustine include Spanish Military Hospital Museum in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
53.33% of people start their Spanish Military Hospital Museum visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Spanish Military Hospital Museum
80% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Spanish Military Hospital Museum
Spanish Military Hospital Museum Reviews & Ratings
Very interesting! A bit gory for some people, as they demonstrate what early surgery was like -- and it was not very pleasant. Little kids who like blood and gore will particularly get a kick out of this, and I imagine Halloween time is a big thrill here. We really enjoyed ourselves on this tour.
This was chosen on a whim. And it was worth it! Our guide explained everything in great detail. He was funny and very informative. For a dude that "had just been hit by a car a few days ago" (his words) he was great. Would recommend!!
Our tour guide was excellent and very informative. She did an awesome job sharing how this hospital might have operated back in the day.
I did the entire tour and it was well worth the time. I learned things about Colonial medicine and the Spanish practitioners that I had never imagined. Nick, Josh, and Kathy were wonderful.
I came here with my 3 friends. We were the only ones on the tour and we had a GREAT time!! Kim was our guide and she really knew her stuff! Very informative! Ive been an employee downtown for years and this was my first time here. Will recommend! A must see!!!! Thank you!!!