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“A somber but fascinating look at this disease”
Review of Leprosy Museum

Leprosy Museum
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US$31.72*
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Bergen Card
Ranked #17 of 148 things to do in Bergen
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

...and the lives it forced its victims to live. The museum is interesting from a purely scientific POV, but all tells the human story of the disease quite well. Worth a stop, but not for the squeamish.

3  Thank B G
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

Sad but very informative. It showed the conditions provided and told of the attitudes towards these unfortunate souls.
It certainly made me appreciate my life

3  Thank hmlhhf
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

It might seem odd to enjoy a museum about leprosy, but I did. It's an interesting and heart-breaking piece of our collective human history, and especially Bergen's. People with leprosy were castigated in all societies, and this former hospital in Bergen sheds light on what they went through. Most of the people who lived here were forced to come here, and spent the remainder of their lives - sometimes only 3 or 5 years, sometimes 50 years. Museum admission includes a tour, which is very informative - most of what our guide shared was in write-ups elsewhere in the museum, but I found it much more captivating told to me as a story, not as history. The tours aren't necessarily offered, but be sure to ask and they'll be happy to show you around.

Also, all of the exhibits are in Norwegian, but they offer printed translations in many languages.

This museum was a nice change of pace from medieval trade-oriented Bergen. If you're looking for more of the city's recent history, here's your spot.

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23  Thank skipitgood
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Who knew that Norway was once the leprosy centre of the world? This museum (free entry with the Bergen card) gave a fascinating insight to the lives of those living with this terrible disease through the ages and to the work of doctors based here who were instrumental in finding a cure. The museum ios the site of the old leprosy museum and you simply walk around and read cards and look at a few pictures so this is a very unconventional museum.

5  Thank JayneR_11
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Nowadays the hospital looks charming with its small wooden houses, but all the information inside can give you quite another feeling. It was a terrible faith to get this illness.

2  Thank Ingjerd S
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