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Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum

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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 50 44 46 46
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Description: Museum dedicated to the paintings of Hans Memling (1430-94).

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Fascinating!

If you are interested in how ailments were treated in times gone by you will find this museum really interesting. It is split into two main areas, one concentrating on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Fortrose, United Kingdom
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Fortrose, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

If you are interested in how ailments were treated in times gone by you will find this museum really interesting. It is split into two main areas, one concentrating on the religious side of the hospital and the other the medicinal side. The "tools" on display are clearly described and in some cases accompanied by artistic interpretations that make you... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

wonderful to see actual paintings from art history texts! especially moving to consider the atmosphere of prayer and contemplation by the inhabitants of the hospital as they lay dying before these iconic religious works.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It's quite nice, lots of religious artifacts but two things hacked us off. One was the uber polizie curator who followed us here and there as if I was an international criminal, she said I could not point within one and a half meters in case I fell forward! Really. Second the laminated cards in each area, they had Spanish,... More 

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Indiana, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum is where history, religion, and medicine meet! The Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum museum is housed in a former monastery and hospital complex which was built in the 12th century. The hospital/monastery now is a museum which houses a limited collection of artwork by Memling. The museum also houses books, manuscripts, medical instruments of the period in... More 

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We enjoyed our visit here today. As others have wrote they really do need to expand on the information they impart. As nurses we were both interested in the medieval hospital and the history of treating the sick but more detail would have been helped. There are a few old medical artefacts but some investment in this aspect would add... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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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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