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“A 'Must See' Museum”
Review of Sint-Janshospitaal

Sint-Janshospitaal
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$55.13*
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Ranked #28 of 153 things to do in Bruges
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 19, 2013

For any lover of Northern Renaissance art, this HAS to be the first place you should visit. Formerly a hospital it is the home of some of Hans Memlings finest works.

Thank MarkM1964
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Walking round Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum was a quiet, peaceful time. It was beautifully cared for and the grounds and buildings well maintained.

Thank Meg N
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We loved walking round the Infirmary looking at the exhibits and pictures, imaging how it must have been in days gone by. We would have liked to have spent longer in the pharmacy buy were hurried along as they wanted to close for lunch....don't go within half an hour of lunch if you want to spend time looking around there.
A lovely way to spend a couple of hours in Brugge

Thank Michelle B
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

interesting historical exhibition in an impressive building, especially the Memling altarpieces. Upstairs was a musical temporary exhibition.

Thank RaquelleA
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

The building was impressive. The amount of medical stuff was a let down. Hard to really tell that it had been a hospital. Luckily we seen the oil painting of how it looked when it was used as a hospital, otherwise you would have no idea. The upper room was very impressive.

Thank NurseMarcella
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