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Sint-Janshospitaal

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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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+32 50 44 87 11
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09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
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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A "Three-in-one"-Museum

Here you see 3 very different things: 1. a building which has served for centuries as a hospital and which is still rather intact. You can see how they took care of the sick... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Dordrecht, Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The average review is personal, neither my partner or I thought this was particularly wonderful. There were a few historically significant items. The most interesting part was the historical photos of Nuns and medical instruments; many of which resemble what we still use today, which is fascinating.

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Dordrecht, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Here you see 3 very different things: 1. a building which has served for centuries as a hospital and which is still rather intact. You can see how they took care of the sick people /which intruments are used and by who 2. Nice little collection of beuatifull paintings by Hans Memling, a so-called "flemish primitive" who lived a longtime... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great little museum and one of the most important aspects of it to me is the architecture of the building. I came here ten years ago and was completely taken aback by the loft space - the wooden beamed roof was breathtaking. This time I brought my partner to Brugge to share in this wonder and it's... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A few displays of medical instruments and a picture of the ward were interesting, and the pharmacy was amazing. I was disappointed this was all there was left of the medical history. Otherwise it's basically another church and art gallery. Although the comedy act in the chapel (special for Valentine's Day apparently) was fun, and the temporary modern day art... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the big attraction in Bruges is Bruges (the wole place is great) this is the one MUST see attraction. Their collection of painting by Hans Memling is probably the best in the world (he was a local boy) and many of the works in the collection were painted for the Hospital. The triptych on the altar is incredible as... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was not particularly impressed by the museum inside, but it wasn't a negative experience either. Would not consider must-see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I found this an interesting museum. It has some pretty cool art as well as old medicinal artefacts which were pretty disgusting! We were out if there within the hour I think.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

The displays on 500 year old medical practices were very interesting as was the art. Worth at least an hour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The St.-Janshospital is one of the few museums in Bruges where you can spend a full hour. The collection fits the history as a hospital, with all kinds of old medical instruments, but also religious paintings and relics. Don't forget the apothecary, in a room separate from the main part.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Do not miss this fascinating hospital. It is an eye opener as to how public spirited the inhabitants of Bruges were, so many hundreds of hears ago. The hospital catered mainly for spiritual rather than medical needs and medical knowledge was so limited, however the patients all had their own beds and were cared for as you can see in... More 

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