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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #15 of 54 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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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

a lot of medieval medical instruments, books and paitings and religious objects can be found in this museum. to make a better ideea see the pictures. the building itelf is impressive. the ticket also includes the entrance to the first pharmacy of the city which can be visited only at some specific hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The pictures by Memling are worth the entrance fee, especially as there are relatively few vistors here, given the masses of tourists in the streets, so you can enjoy them in peace. The medical things date from the time this was a public hospital and the exhibits are fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This museum is well set out, and still has some fascinating relics of a time gone by, hospital equipment I've only seen in old books. Very genuine

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Bordon Hants
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Memling works in this small but rewarding museum are absolutely beautiful..I couldn't drag myself away from the St Ursula reliquary..it is so exquisite I found myself a bit teary!

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Miami Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

I was hoping to see more hospital related stuff. My favorite part of this museum was the medical instruments they had on display. I wish they would have focused more on that and what things were like for hospitals throughout the cities long history. The paintings were really beautiful but I would have preferred more hospital equipment. They did have... More

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The Memling museum is located in the Old St. John's Hospital which is an 11th-century hospital in Bruges, Belgium. Memling is one of the greatest painters of the XV golden Flanders century. His paintings are elegant, showing carefully observed details and pervaded by a religious inspiration. In the former chapel of the Hospital six masterpieces by Hans Memling are displayed.... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Lovely museum very well kept and some beautiful artefacts I would well recommend if you the type of person that enjoys learning about artefacts and there use.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I had heard about the art at the Memling, but there was very little there. The most interesting feature is the architecture and the medical instrument displays. Not worth the entry fee

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This museum is a unique combination of some great art (Memling) and informative exhibits on the history of medicine and the evolving nature of hospitals. We enjoyed both and recommend this museum. Don't miss the charming old pharmacy which can be accessed via a separate entrance in a lovely courtyard.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Museum was well thought out and lovely setting - blending in the careful and discrete modern presentation in a gothic setting

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