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“Art and history of medicine under one roof”
Review of Sint-Janshospitaal

Sint-Janshospitaal
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US$55.07*
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Ghent and Bruges Day Trip from Brussels
Ranked #26 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 23 August 2014

This museum is a unique combination of some great art (Memling) and informative exhibits on the history of medicine and the evolving nature of hospitals. We enjoyed both and recommend this museum. Don't miss the charming old pharmacy which can be accessed via a separate entrance in a lovely courtyard.

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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Museum was well thought out and lovely setting - blending in the careful and discrete modern presentation in a gothic setting

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Well worth a visit, particularly with a 3 day museum pass (€20). The apothecary (which is in a nearby but separate building) in particular was excellent.

Thank Lily M
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Sint-Jan Hospitaalmuseum is an 11th-century hospital, one of Europe's oldest surviving hospital buildings. Nowadays part of the hospital complex holds the Memling museum where you find painting works as well as hospital records, medical instruments and other works of art.

Thank Lara S
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We went in tho there were other places on our list but since there was a doctor with us we went in and it wasn't that much of a let down. We some instruments and one cranial rope saw, I think there was a more technical term. It cost us about $9 since we were sr. but nice I didn't like watching the boats pass by me from the urinals felt like that statue in Brussels. The have seats you can plunk and watch, rest or contemplate. All in all it was interesting.

Thank Robert H
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