Sint-Janshospitaal
Sint-Janshospitaal
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Lindsay A
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous building
    A very pleasant hour or so looking at medieval religious paintings & artefacts. The history of the hospital is amazing. Roof space is empty but worth it to see the 13th century roof timbers. Not too expensive to get in either.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 4, 2024
  • Dora Explorer
    United Kingdom11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended museum in Bruges
    We thoroughly recommend this museum. When we first entered we thought we'd come to see a small collection in an old church, but we were wrong. The exhibition is extensive and includes a painting, 3-D discovery and audio experience of the space itself in medieval times - amongst many other things. Loved the local apothecary too - and the Hans Memling / Flemish Primitive collection. We must have spent at least 2 hours here.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2024
  • Jo P
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking and very helpful staff.
    Beautifully displayed. Easy to follow. Great value for money. An interesting few hours spent in great surroundings and upstairs was particularly thought provoking. After, we went next door to Lui for excellent wine, beer and tapas. Best day!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 28, 2024
  • operalover939
    Toronto, Canada2,919 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating museum
    This museum offers excellent insight into medicine and caring for the sick in the late Middle Ages and after. It has an old apothecary, but the chief interest in the hospital, which has excellent descriptions of the problems of medicine before the twentieth century. The highlight are the paintings by Memling. Some striking works of modern art are also on display.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 3, 2024
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Weyes1
Bloomington, IN419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We loved this museum. It was the most unusual site we saw during our stay in Bruges. The St. Ursula exhibit and the Memling items make this very worthwhile. However, the architecture and the explanation of the building's use as a hospital were what we found of most interest. Take the time to learn how patient's were arranged in the building and how they were treated to get a feel for that part of medical history. Also, be aware that there are steps that lead to one of the oldest, if not the oldest, preserved vaulted ceilings in the world. The massive oak beams are very impressive and made the visit all the more worthwhile.
Written January 10, 2020
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Bubbles73uk
Weedon Bec, UK837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Visited Sint-Janshospitaal, also known as St. John's Hospital, & discovered it is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe.
It actually looks a bit like a church & it functioned as a hospital from the 12th-19th centuries. Many nuns & monks worked here to help the sick with various medical instruments & modern techniques of the time. You can view these artifacts in the hospital's museum. This museum is located in the hospital's old infirmary & features ancient furniture, silverware, & medical instruments you can view. You can also look at a few paintings by Hans Memling such as the Shrine of St. Ursula.
After visiting the museum, you can also look go to its herb garden & the Diksmuide attic.
Written March 20, 2020
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Brad R
Colorado52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A great deal of early Flemish paintings. Also, they display a great deal of the early medical equipment and procedures. I would recommend brining a headset and phone so you are able to take the audio tour. Very peaceful and a good experience
Written July 6, 2021
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Mrs S F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Such a wonderfully presented museum which combines architecture, art and the history of medicine. A truly magnificent museum which is definitely worth a visit. You step inside from the usual chaos of the street to a quiet and low lit museum over two floors which is you admire art and the work of the church is most impressive.
Written February 18, 2020
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Belkys H
Oakville, Canada28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The Memling Museum in Bruges, or Menlingnae, is one of my best recent museum experiences. First, Hans Memling paintings are masterpieces – mostly diptychs and tryptic. They transport the viewer to the historical context of 13th century Europe and are full of symbolism that represent that period.
Then, the building is an architectural jewel with a high ceiling, sustained by beautiful solid wood, and polished walls and floor. The building was part of the St John Hospital which functioned in medieval Bruges as a place of healing and rest from the Middle Ages to 1978. Finally, the display of the six Memling’s works accompanied by few art works from the same period, gives the sensation that each artifact is the center of the exhibition, which fully engages the viewer in the contemplation of them. Just before entering the exhibit, one can feel a sacred silence, a reverence characteristic of churches and holy places.

Hans Memling (1433-1494) was one of the later Flemish Primitives painters. This artistic flourishing period is distinguished by the refinement of oil painting and by an assiduousness to reproduce the visible world in as detailed manner as possible. Bruges was one of the wealthiest cities of the thirteen century and attracted artists who made Bruges the most praised city of the art of painting. Memling's artworks are displayed in other museums around the world.

Works of Hans Memling on display at the Memlingnae:

§ The triptych of St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist
§ The Triptych of Jan Floreins.
§ Triptych of Adriaan Reins
§ Diptych of Maarten Van Nieuwenhove
§ The Shrine of St. Ursula – in the photo.
§ Sibylla Sambetha

© 2020 Belkis Herrera

Picture 2 and 3: St. Ursula Shrine and interior of the St. John’s Hospital Museum, Bruges
Written August 3, 2020
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G D
Bruges, Belgium1 contribution
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Dec 2023 • Solo
I arrived at the Sint-Janshospital museum this morning at about 10am. At the desk there was a family, who purchased tickets, an elderly man, who also purchased a ticket - as they were doing so a woman came in asking is she could use the bathroom but it's part of the museum you can only acces it if you have a ticket - then my turn arrived and I asked for one adult ticket (15 euros). There was no one behind me but she told me that I could purchase the ticket at the machine at which point I just left and saved myself the 15 euros. I've travelled to quite a few places in the last few weeks in Europe and I'm in Bruges for six nights but I must say that Bruges in particular truly has a knack for making the tourist feel like an inconvenience. There is a saying about resting on one's laurels. If you do come to Bruges, make it a day trip from Antwerp or Brussels.
Written December 30, 2023
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Karina K
Kleve, Germany121 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The staff at the museum where really nice and helped us with everything we needed to know. There is a QR code so you have the whole tour on your smartphone. We were really excited to see the old pharmacy which was all around the building and we were disappointed to see just one time. The exhibit in the main building was interesting and you had a lot of space to walk around and take your time to see everything! Our tip is to go see the attic which it’s beautiful wooden roof and see the big sculptures at the back of the attic!
12 Euro is not worth the tour whatsoever. We are glad we had vouchers and didn’t “pay”.
Written September 23, 2021
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tikki2015
De Haan, Belgium560 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We cme especially for the Memlinc exhibition paid 22,50 euro and wer quite disappointed. I have seen the shrin of Ursula in detail and some other portraits but none of hos contempary painters. Information was sometimes even too small. I did no understand the big screen with the wood fire at the attic; Anyway , always a pleasure to be around but not as professional as we expected;
Written February 4, 2021
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BedforshireAndrewJC
Bedforshire137 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
AVOID AVOID AVOID . Seriously bad and a total waste of money . This was the low point of a great weekend in the wonderful City of Bruges . This is NOT a hospital museum . Apart from two glass cases containing a few medieval medical instrument's there is nothing of interest to see. There are many religious paintings but no content or history or anything on display to do with a medieval hospital. I would go a far as to say this place is mis-described and mis-sold and it should not be allowed to remain open. As you move from room to room (and there aren't many) you expect the next room to house something of interest . Finally you climb stairs to the main event .... wait for it ....it was an empty room with a very nice timber ceiling . I wish I had spent the 24 euro for two on a couple of waffles .
Written March 28, 2022
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,984 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Important for visitors to realize that this is not really a hospital museum but rather another art museum. The place houses some impressive works by Hans Memling and regularly has temporary exhibitions. The temporary exhibit on display during our visit was “Face-to-face with Death," which brought together impressive works from museums across Europe.
Written January 18, 2023
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