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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #15 of 52 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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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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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Martinez,Ca
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Well worth a visit, particularly with a 3 day museum pass (€20). The apothecary (which is in a nearby but separate building) in particular was excellent.

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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum is an 11th-century hospital, one of Europe's oldest surviving hospital buildings. Nowadays part of the hospital complex holds the Memling museum where you find painting works as well as hospital records, medical instruments and other works of art.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went in tho there were other places on our list but since there was a doctor with us we went in and it wasn't that much of a let down. We some instruments and one cranial rope saw, I think there was a more technical term. It cost us about $9 since we were sr. but nice I didn't... More

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We spent a lovely afternoon here. The museum has beautiful Flemish Paintings and historical items regarding the hospital that operatd here. We also attended a free harp concert here that we enjoyed very much. Don't miss it.

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Hudson, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I know there are a lot of museums in Bruges but this one combines wonderful art with some fascinating medical history. The building is worth seeing and I found the English information , that is provided on cards in the various rooms, very helpful. (they had plenty of other languages as well.). I think this museum is a must-see!

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