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“Not for the faint-hearted - but extremely interesting!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Musee Flaubert et d'Histoire de la Medecine

Musee Flaubert et d'Histoire de la Medecine
51 rue Lecat, 76000 Rouen, France
02 35 15 59 95
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Ranked #25 of 65 things to do in Rouen
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Bournemouth UK
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“Not for the faint-hearted - but extremely interesting!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The birthplace of Gustave Flaubert is a must for lovers of French literature. However many people might find the medical history section quite macabre.
There are many fascinating objects, including a bed built for six patients. There are medical instruments used for horrific procedures, and a stretched-out mummified foetus. A heart-rending display tells the sad story of thousands of babies abandoned in Rouen in the nineteenth century.
I am very pleased I went to this museum, but I wasn't able to stay as long as I had intended.

Visited December 2013
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“A lot about Medecine”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

If you are really interested in Flaubert you may be a bit disappointed as most of the exhibit has to do with medical practices at the time he lived in the house as a child. If your interested in medical history then this is the place for you.

Visited July 2013
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“Beautifully curated gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This lovely little museum is a bit off the beaten track in Rouen but well worth a visit. It's in the former home of author Gustave Flaubert's father, who was a surgeon. In it are displays of medical materials & instruments, books, the room in which Gustave was born, the first life-size obstetric practice mannequin invented by pioneering 18th c. midwife Madame Angélicque du Coudray, prints, artifacts, paintings, a mummy, and a medicinal garden. The layout of the museum is pleasant and aesthetically pleasing, with a bit of humor injected into the decor in the form of pithy definitions, words of advice, or tongue-in-cheek warnings printed onto stairs or walls, such as "Littérature: Occupation des oisifs" or "Vaccine: Ne fréquenter que des personnes vaccinées" or "Hernie: tout le monde en a sans le savoir." Once you've done the "usual" things in Rouen - the plague ossuary, the cathedral, the clock tower, and the main square in which Joan of Arc was burned at the stake - this tucked-away jewel might just be the place that stays with you.

Visited August 2012
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“Flaubert's House, but really a history of medicine”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I'm a big Flaubert fan--I went to Rouen to see where he came from--but the museum wasn't quite what I expected. It was very informative in terms of the development of medicine in France during the 19th C., but it wasn't quite what I had hoped as far as Gustave is concerned. If you go to the house and sit in the lovely walled garden, this will give you the feel of the place. If you're interested in medicine, then take the tour.

Visited June 2013
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“Exceptional and unusual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

If you are interested in the history of medicine, this museum is a gem. Small, but loaded with information. we used the Englsh audioguide which added alot of important information and history.

Visited October 2012
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