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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 50 44 46 46
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Ranked #11 of 62 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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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We loved visiting the hospital and reading about the history of the establishment and also how the sick were treated back then. There were beautiful works of art by a variety of local artists. We were sad that we weren't able to visit the pharmacy because of its late opening time on Sundays.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

If you like looking at gruesome implements that were the forerunners of today's hi-tec medical instruments then this is the place for you. There is also an historic chapel to view with a famous alter piece. An interesting experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This is a must-see if you are in Bruges. A medieval hospital, now a museum with art treasures commissioned by the original owners. The highlight is a famous altar piece by Hans Memling but there are many things of interest here. Go upstairs to see the magnificent wooden ceiling, a work of art in itself.

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Rome, Italy
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11 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

One of the few examples of ancient hospitals (perhaps another equally beautiful is the "Hospice de Dieu" in Beaune in France) and a permanent exposure of surgical and medical instruments is really interesting. the architecture is magnificent and the history of the place is well explained. We have not only Memling but also others beautiful paintings. Memllng is moving, especially... More 

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Chippenham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Very interesting museum but I did find it hard to understand the connection between the works of art and the hospitals run by monks and nuns. I do understand that these were wealthy institutions that collected and commissioned works of art but I would have liked to see this explained further in the museum. I did enjoy looking at the... More 

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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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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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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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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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