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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #13 of 57 Attractions in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum dedicated to the paintings of Hans Memling (1430-94).
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Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum dedicated to the paintings of Hans Memling (1430-94).

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I completely agree beautiful building both inside and out but what was going on with this museum. I meandered around rather aimlessly - poorly laid out with little or no real information to help the visitor make sense of what was going on or what it was trying to share. I went in being from a medical background but gained... More 

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We visited this museum searching for Memling's masterpiece. Nice idea of collecting material associated to the hospital, but much information was only in Flemish which is difficult to understand; there were no audio guides. Anyway it deserved a visit, especially if considering that the Brugge card allows you to visit as many museums as you can for 20 Euro in... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Our local guide wanted to take us here to show us some specific art. It was very nice and there are diverse materials to look at. Artifacts from primitive hospitals, 3d Art, and some very old paintings. We had a great tie here. I am not a big fan of old art, but I really enjoyed this place, Its not... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Don't get me wrong, this museum is worth a visit but wasn't really my cup of tea. A beautiful old building contains rather formal displays of how this former hospital helped pilgrims, travellers and the sick. A case of wander around and look at a few display cabinets (some with notes with English translations, some not). Very little interactivity here... More 

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cardiff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Not being a particular fan of Memling (which to be fair I didn't realise until I came to the museum), I would still recommend coming here because the building itself is beautiful in its own way and the collection of medical instruments is really fascinating.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It was amazing to find such a large group of buildings in such a crowded city. The whole site was impressive and it was hard to believe the nuns lived there until 20th century. The museum was very spacious and contained fine examples of Memling's work.

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Port Washington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The five pieces by Hans Memling -- especially the reliquary of St. Ursula -- are magnificent specimens of Flemish primitive art. They are well-preserved and the setting of the old Hospital is quite unique. A must-see in Bruges.

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Beckenham, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Whilst I agree with some of the other comments that this is a fascinating Museum and worth a visit for a great collection of paintings from the time I would also add there was very little guidance through the Musuem. I paid for my ticket at the desk but was not given any leaflets or offered an audio tour. Firstly... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

While the Groeningemuseum surely steals the spotlight for Flemish art in Bruges, the Sint-Janshospitaal has more than its fair share of medieval Triptychs to keep your attention for an hour or two. The star attraction here is the Virgin with Child by Hans Memling, but equally mesmerising is the Shrine of St. Ursula, a gilded wooden reliquary painted with amazing... More 

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La Jolla, CA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This museum is many things rolled into one. First, the original hospital exhibits -- believe me, it makes one very grateful for modern-day medical procedures -- then the phenomenal art - then the nearby pharmacy and the beautiful grounds --

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