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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #14 of 50 attractions in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums
Traveler Description: The Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum was originally the 12th century Hospital of Saint John. In the 1400s the painter Hans Memling arrived in... more »
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Gatineau, Canada
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123 reviews 123 reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Wow, this was impressive. The artwork was interesting, but the best part were the paintings and tools that described the day to day happenings of the hospital. The feel is impressive. Do not forget to go see the original 13th C ceiling.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The former extensive wards of the hospital are used to marvellous effect for displaying artefacts and works of art. The centuries long life of the hospital is portrayed in an interesting manner. And of course the size of the wards is testament to the good and essential works by the religious orders for the poor and needy. The Memling works... More

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Garland, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The artwork was both interesting and beautiful. Much of the museum is dedicated to the history of the hospital and early medical procedures and implements.

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Ware, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a fascinating place - a medieval hospital, but (sadly) not laid out today as it would have been then. But full of wonderful plaintings and with a beautiful chapel at the end. Second-best place in Bruges, after the Groenigen.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We went to the museum expecting to see nasty, mediaeval medical/torture instruments, but instead found a disclaimer mentioning that prayer was considered medicine at the time. Be prepared to see an array of anonymous and unattributed paintings and handwritten documents, which looked suspiciously fresh! We even found a nearby shop called, in English, "17th Century Paintings", also near a school... More

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This was worth seeing. The layout of the museum perhaps needs a little bit of a review top help visitors go round in the correct order. The pharmacy attached to the hospital is most interesting and when you pay to visit the hospital it includes entry to the old pharmacy as well.

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The paintings of Memling are simply astonishing for their beauty and spiritual power. A wonderful site and a small, digestible but magnificent collection.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I'm not used to that kind of architecture (due to where I'm from), and I really enjoyed my visit to Sint-Janshospitaal (Saint John's Hospital). I enjoy medieval architecture and I found it really cool to have visited an 800 year old hospital, dating back to the Medieval Times. I found the information very interesting and informational (for me, personally). It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

This place was amazing and had fantastic works that were on religion and the best I have seen so far. The best room was the back room, the chapel where the alter is had a big painting that I found to be very touching as the back panels are painted along with the front but it felt like an holy... More

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Abilene, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The majority of the exhibits deal with church religious objects and art works - many of these have English explanations. The ward and nursing exhibits are very interesting but the explanations are in Flemish only. The architecture is grand. Good way to spend 45 minutes or so, but there are much more interesting sights in Bruges unless you're looking for... More

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