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Musee Flaubert et d'Histoire de la Medecine

51 rue Lecat, 76000 Rouen, France
02 35 15 59 95
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Ranked #17 of 38 attractions in Rouen
Type: Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: Le Musee Flaubert et d'Histoire du Medecine is housed in the birthplace of the famous French writer, Gustav Flaubert.  It is a beautiful town-house... more »
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Bournemouth UK
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The birthplace of Gustave Flaubert is a must for lovers of French literature. However many people might find the medical history section quite macabre. There are many fascinating objects, including a bed built for six patients. There are medical instruments used for horrific procedures, and a stretched-out mummified foetus. A heart-rending display tells the sad story of thousands of babies... More

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Houston, texas, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

If you are really interested in Flaubert you may be a bit disappointed as most of the exhibit has to do with medical practices at the time he lived in the house as a child. If your interested in medical history then this is the place for you.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This lovely little museum is a bit off the beaten track in Rouen but well worth a visit. It's in the former home of author Gustave Flaubert's father, who was a surgeon. In it are displays of medical materials & instruments, books, the room in which Gustave was born, the first life-size obstetric practice mannequin invented by pioneering 18th c.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I'm a big Flaubert fan--I went to Rouen to see where he came from--but the museum wasn't quite what I expected. It was very informative in terms of the development of medicine in France during the 19th C., but it wasn't quite what I had hoped as far as Gustave is concerned. If you go to the house and sit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

If you are interested in the history of medicine, this museum is a gem. Small, but loaded with information. we used the Englsh audioguide which added alot of important information and history.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Interesting to those familiar with the writer, Gustave Flaubert, and also to those with an interest in medical history with some fascinating (and sometimes scary!) exhibits.

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Santa Monica, California
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

Amazing exhibits of old medical devices, beautiful herbal porcelain jars, amazing to walk through the historic Flaubert home, and charming herb garden. A manageable walk from center of Rouen, don't be misled my the map. It is a pleasant stroll.

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Park City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

We were in Rouen and didn't originally plan to visit this museum; however, it was pouring rain and we decided to go. First of all the address is slightly wrong. Not a big deal but it was somewhat frustrating because it was raining. The actual entrance is across the street from the address 32 or 36 Rue de Lacat (do... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We visited this house as readers of Madame Bovary. Since Flaubert's father was a doctor, the museum is also a medical museum. It's interesting to see the bedroom where Gustave Flaubert was born and where he grew up, along with the many quotes from his writings. The medical history is amazing. There are many instruments on display along with narratives... More

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

Actually, I came to this museum because it had Loulou, the stuffed parrot from Flaubert's "Un Coeur Simple." Almost every undergraduate student of French has to suffer through this story, so I had to see her. She was a lot smaller than I imagined and resided in the closet of the room where Flaubert was born, but luckily there was... More

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