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Sint-Janshospitaal

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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: 3250448711
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Tue - Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist...

Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist Hans Memling, as well as many religious paintings and sculptures. Objects of applied art, such as furniture, silverwork, medical instruments, reliquaries, archive documents, and apothecary pots reflect 800 years of care.

Sint-Janshospitaal is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. In the museum, you can learn more about hospital life in the past and how the wards would have looked then. Furniture, paintings, sculptures, silverware, and pewterware are the silent witnesses of the care for bodies and souls that took place in this hospital through the centuries. The building’s supporting framework is also unique and is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The old apothecary’s and herb garden is also well worth a visit. In the hospital chapel, the focus is all on the work of the most famous of the Flemish Primitives: Hans Memling. This painter lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces here, including the famous Shrine of St Ursula, which was painted specifically for Sint-Janshospitaal.

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One of the oldest hospital museums in Europe

An 800 year old hospital and chapel where nuns and monks cared for ill people, filled with furniture, sculpture, medical instruments used, and paintings by Hans Memling.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Cocoa, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even though I have a medical background, I found the museum boring. I gave it the old college try and read all the information they provided, but still boring,

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hospital and Museum and also an apothecary are well worth the visit, some wonderful painting and objects spanning almost 800 years of local history.

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This museum shows the history of how people were taken care of during the past. If you are interesed in history, it is really worth it. Everything is displayed in a logical way. On the site you do not only have the museum but there are also some other businesses like restaurants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An 800 year old hospital and chapel where nuns and monks cared for ill people, filled with furniture, sculpture, medical instruments used, and paintings by Hans Memling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw this as part of the legends of Bruges tour - amazing that it was a working hospitall from the 11 century until 1970s!

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Valletta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting place, one gets a good idea of what medical care was all about all those years ago. There are also interesting works of Art. One disappointment was an exhibition on the top floor about witches which was entirely captioned in Flemish ...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very interesting visit. The history behind the hospital was very interesting, though in some instances made your toes curl when you had an insight how they would treat people. Good to visit

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband were there in July 2016 and we are very disappointed. It's not what we expected from hospital museum. Well we probably should have read the reviews before we went there. There is lots of paintings and other types of art. However I thought there will be like old hospital beds, surgery tools, uniforms, you know like... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is very interesting for its history as a charitable hospital, and also for the building itself, its structure and the way it was used. The art on show is excellent, particularly the Memling works.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was so interesting ! Having the feel of being in a hospital which is belong to more than 500 years ago was really nice !

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