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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 50 44 87 11
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Memorable for the art and history

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very interesting visit here, some fascinating history and great paintings. well worth a few hours of your time and close to the church of our lady so you can see both in one visit.

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love museums. No, let's qualify that. I love GOOD museums, where interpretation ensures that even the seemingly most dull artefact is brought to life, given context and is presented in such a way that all types of people can enjoy it. So, I was excited at the thought of an afternoon by myself (wife & shops = several hours... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Is it a hospital museum or an art gallery or a historic museum? I left feeling ripped off by the €8 entrance fee. Perhaps we missed something but I was looking forward to a hospital museum buy found art, artefacts and a few signs about the hospital (in Dutch) all jumbled together. Not really worth the effort. There are better... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Bruges many times but never found time to visit Sint Janshospital. It is fascinating with many artefacts and paintings depicting the life of the hospital through the ages. ( It did not close until the 1970's)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed a very interesting visit to the Sint Janshospitaal last week. The mix of historical artefacts and world class paintings gives the place a unique character. The icing on the cake are of course the Hans Memling paintings. They are astounding! What really strikes you is their vibrancy and colour. They look as though they were painted yesterday. They... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

the exposition is not that exciting, but to see the huge room of the hospital, that was still in use in the 20th century, is worth the visit.

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