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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #13 of 54 Attractions in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Museum dedicated to the paintings of Hans Memling (1430-94).

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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

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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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum, located in the center of Bruges is a must-see museum for every person who desires to better cultivate their mind with the paintings of these regions and of the primitive dutch. Despite its size, the museum contains a lot of masterpieces like "Diptych with Christ Carrying the Cross and Portrait of a Friar Minor" painted by one of... More

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

beautiful building with old items used by people who thought they were medical staff - get ready to squirm and hold your bits!

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Somerset
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Off the radar for many Bruges visitors, but well worth a visit. St Jon's Hospital offers a journey through the history of medicine and nursing, from the middle ages. A jewel is the original pharmacy in the annexe, with many original jars and potions aplenty!

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Montreal, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Hold on to your ticket and check out the adjacent apothecary (get directions!) after your visit to the Hospitaal

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Gloucestershire
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The pharmacy was amazing, like going back in time. Beautifully preserved. The building had the most amazing wooden rafters I have ever seen.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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9 reviews 9 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This museum used to be a medieval hospice. There is a superb collection of hospital tools describing how they were used in their time. The accounts are moving and informative. And there is also a priceless collection of Hans Memling works. All in all, highly recommended.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We went in this museum with low expectations, and I would say those expectations were correct. There was not alot to see in here and quite honestly, because alot of it lacked an English description, we had no idea what things were. Most of the other museums we visited had mutliple language descriptions on brochures or cards. This museum had... More

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is interesting, but there was very little English provided and we were left with a little language problem. The courtyard outside the Pharmacy was very pretty.

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