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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #15 of 51 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Interesting collection well displayed. So much history. What a fascinating place. After seeing a picture of the building in its original makes you look up and put together the pieces of what was where back then. Such a humbling experience

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Logan, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Oddly uncrowded on a day when the streets were teeming with tourists. We got a good look at fabulous paintings.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

In Bruges' heyday this was a hospice. The displays, paintings, statues, photos, & text convey the world of medieval & Renaissance medical care and religious devotion. Memling's altarpiece & the St. Ursala shrine are especially beautiful.

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