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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Ranked #14 of 48 attractions in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Portsmouth, UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The hospital building has a very interesting display of the history of the nursing order that ran it, as well as six works by Hans Memling - stunning pictures and a painted casket. The building's roof space is open and worth the climb. Your ticket price covers the Apothecary / dispensary as well.

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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This is true in at least two places. In the main museum you come across a door to a spiral staircase with no indication if this is part of the visit, or a fire exit, or whatever. It goes up to a sort of dance hall. The way out is at the other end, hidden away, next to a lift... More

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Northamptonshire, England
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177 reviews 177 reviews
57 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Even if one is not interested in the art, this is a building that has to be visited inside just to see how it has been changed/converted to accommodate the exhibitions. Fantastic!

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Bruges, Belgium
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

A good range of artefacts and artwork which was almost like two museums in one. Make sure you go round the back to the pharmacy as it could easily be missed. The staff were friendly and helpful.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Having seen this building from the outside, whilst on a boat trip along the canals, I was intrigued to have a peek inside. I was aware that it was not going to be set up as a hospital inside, and although it really is a lovely building, it didn't meet my expectations. The only real feel that I had about... More

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Chesterfield, England
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26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Was not on our to do list but we had a city card and could use it here, was near our hotel so we popped in. Some interesting paintings and artifacts displayed. I found the old medical instruments fascinating and the building itself was beautiful. Probably wouldn't have gone in without the city card.

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Very informative, in a beautiful old hospital. There are paintings, sculptures and relics as well as some old instruments used for operations. Well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is a mixture of medical instruments and works of art in the building of the old hospital. Presentation is a little haphazard and information in English not always available but it is worth visiting for the altarpiece and a few other great paintings. I think the experience will be improved if you do a little bit of reading on... More

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Cromer, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Amazing to think that this building was still in use as a hospital until the 1970s. A stunning setting for some amazing artwork that is beautifully displayed. A joy to visit time and time again.

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Comines, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

When I went mid February, I was almost alone & so could spend as long as I wanted & walk round the St John Altarpiece to examine it closely. I found the staff very helpful & they left you alone to really look at the works. I can throughly recommend it. By the way, get the multi museum ticket it's... More

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