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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 50 44 87 43
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Description: Museum dedicated to the paintings of Hans Memling (1430-94).
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$55*
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A location of historic significance.

This hospital dates from the 13th century and you can review the ledgers and documents to prove it! The museum includes artifacts from the 14th thru 18th century. Think... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Valparaiso, Chile

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

In the centre of Bruges is this medieval hospital building containing a wonderful collection of flemish art. A must if you are in Bruges.

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Valparaiso, Chile
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This hospital dates from the 13th century and you can review the ledgers and documents to prove it! The museum includes artifacts from the 14th thru 18th century. Think interesting surgical tools.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The hospital and pharmacy museums are beautiful buildings and the displayed artwork and implements are very interesting. The museums are very tastefully displayed. The grounds themselves are lovely to walk through and stop in. We found a peaceful spot to eat a snack away from the hustle and bustle

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Bruges, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went in this hospital museum mid August. It started out really nice with these ancien artefacts and books they used in the 13th to 17th century. However, there is not really a time line in the displays at this museum. It's still very interesting though to see the tools and instruments they used to perform surgery on the eyes... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Across Mariastraat from the Church of Our Lady is the former monastery/hospital complex known as Sint-Jans Hospitaal. For an entry fee of 8 euros, one obtains a ticket to the hospital complex, an audioguide and folding chair upon request, and the opportunity to explore the medieval hospital as well as view the works of Bruges' most famous Flemish Primitive painter,... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We visited...expecting the interior to be set out as it would have been at the time. Instead, there were a number of very spread out exhibits and, although the building is worth a visit, I'm not sure it's been shown at its best.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

If you're not fluent in Dutch it's not worth a visit. Very little is translated to English and therefore the museum is hard to appreciate.

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Maroochydore, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Tired of museums and art galleries?? Try visiting Sint Janshospitaal for a change of pace. It has some fascinating paintings and medical implements showing how medical conditions were treated by the nuns in the early days....they basically relied on the power of prayer!! Finally surgeons and BARBERS did some simple procedures and blood-letting....OY!!! Fascinating 1629 painting of an anatomy class.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I had walked through the outdoor spaces of this building a couple of times without realizing that there was also a huge museum space. Go take a look!! It is fascinating to see the huge high ceiling vaulted spaces that once were a 'hospital' when we are used to tiny little rooms off of a corridor. The exhibits are also... More 

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Turin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We were unsure about whether we would get value for money here. The hospital itself was rather underwhelming inside, so was a disappointment. The ticket also gave access to a separate building containing relics from old pharmacies. It was a bit of a challenge to find it but was really interesting and different. Only two rooms, but containing old products... More 

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