The 40-minute fully-guided tour Spanish Military Hospital Museum offers a glimpse into another world, with demonstrations of "cutting edge" colonial surgery techniques by the Museum staff. The museum covers the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821) medical practices. Our 30-40 minute fully guided tour takes you back to colonial Spanish days of medicine. 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. During the British occupation of St. Augustine 1763-1783 a Scottish carpenter named William Watson purchased and remodeled the building into a dwelling. You can locate this hospital, which was originally named “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, in the village of the Spanish Quarter in the Nation’s Oldest City. Contact Us. Daily Tours. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. The Watson House still stands today. Tours start on demand throughout the day and cover a surgical demonstration, apothecary demonstration, and tours of a medicinal herb garden. In addition to a senior citizen discount, children under the age of six are admitted free. Just a seven-minute walk from Agustin Inn, the museum showcases life in a military hospital circa 1791. Closed Thanksgiving Day The Spanish Military Hospital is considered to be the haunted hospital of St. Augustine. [2], The reconstructed Hospital East building was opened in 1968. The idea was enthusiastically received by the Commission, and plans were accordingly drawn. The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is St Augustine’s only exclusive second Spanish period educational tour. These three parts plus their outbuildings and gardens functioned as a hospital complex during the Second Spanish Period. It’s housed in a building that is a reconstruction of a military hospital that stood on the site during the Second Spanish Period (1783 to 1821). Visit one of the many unique museums in the area, the Spanish Military Hospital. Hospital West burned in 1818 and the remaining parts of the hospital stayed in operation until two years into the American Territorial Period and officially closed down in 1823. Tours start on demand throughout the day and cover a surgical demonstration, apothecary demonstration, and tours of a medicinal herb garden. A local coordinating committee, headed by Dr. James DeVito, was appointed and funds sought from the Medical Association's membership beginning in 1967. Travel back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital Museum where the doctor is always in.Our 40 minute fully guided tour takes you back to colonial Spanish days of medicine. The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is open daily, except Christmas, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Spanish Military Hospital Museum. The hospital was strictly a military facility; only military were treated there and only military personnel worked on the staff. The guided tour is appropriate for all ages and lasts approximately 40 minutes. The museum charges a small admission fee for adult visitors. [3] On the second floor, the Medical Museum was dedicated and opened to the public in July 1973. The property was leased for commercial purposes until 1990, when the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board reopened the museum on July 20 as part of the Restored San Agustín Antiguo living history program. Buy Tickets. The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is St Augustine’s only exclusive second Spanish period educational tour. Our 40-minute, fully-guided tour takes you back to colonial Spanish days of medicine. and Christmas Day, Spanish Colonial Medicine in Saint Augustine Florida. Watch as our Apothecary creates medicines and discover how colonial herbs were the origins of some of the most popular medicines today! The Spanish Military Hospital Museum gives visitors a chance to travel back in time to learn about medical practices and procedures in the Colonial Spanish Period of St. Augustine. It was jointly sponsored by the Florida Medical Association, its Woman's Auxiliary, and the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board and included exhibits about medical history. Today, the building is owned by the State of Florida, managed on its behalf by the University of Florida, and operated by a private business. The museum is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Sign-up to get the latest Spanish Military Hospital Museum news. We are a Pet Friendly Museum! Spanish Military Hospital Museum can be crowded, so we recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot. [4], St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District, Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Spanish_Military_Hospital_Museum&oldid=922353465, Short description with empty Wikidata description, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 21 October 2019, at 16:25. Discover how colonial herbs were the origins of some of the most popular medicines today! Aviles Street (which runs between the two wings of the hospital) was called Hospital Street until it was renamed in 1924. 9am to 5pm Open Daily. The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is located at 3 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, Florida. [1] 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). Travel back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital Museum where the doctor is always in. Upon its completion, a suggestion was made by Dr. William M. Straight, historian of the Florida Medical Association, that the building be utilized as a medical museum. The reconstructed Hospital East building was dedicated and opened to the public in 1968. Daily Tours Travel Back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital, where the doctor is … The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is an authentic reconstruction of a military hospital that stood on this site during the Second Spanish Colonial Period (1784–1821). See all 3 Spanish Military Hospital Museum tickets and tours on Tripadvisor. The museum is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is located at 3 Aviles Street, St. Augustine, Florida. Tours recreate the hospital practices of the late 18th century. Early in 1966, the St. Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission (later renamed the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board) reconstructed the Spanish Military Hospital as it appeared in the 1790s on its original foundations. Hospital East was destroyed in the fire of 1895. We are closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. However, due to costs, the building was closed in 1977. Shops now exist on the lot where Hospital West was located. Your journey to the past begins as our skilled surgeon performs surgical demonstrations. A unique selection of paintings, photography, drawings, pottery, and crafts by local artists. The Museum brings to life what it was like to be a doctor or a patient in 1791 and how Spanish physicians wove together knowledge from Europe and Africa to achieve an astonishing survival rate. 3 Aviles St. St. Augustine, Florida 32084. The museum covers the Second Spanish Period (1784-1821) medical practices. Travel Back in time to the Spanish Military Hospital, where the doctor is always in.