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Sint-Janshospitaal

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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 50 44 87 11
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09:30 - 17:00
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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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Must see if you are interested in historic hospital practices

We loved the exhibits of the old surgical tools as well as the flemish primitives artworks in this place.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This place got attention both here and on Michelin guide. I can't say I'm sure why. For starts it is very small. We expected a large museum but it was a big hall and a little side room. Not many exhibits and for the price we paid for a ticket, it wasn't worth the money. There are many other things... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We decided to come here for both of us have worked in the medical field. It was okay but a bit overpriced. Mainly it was more religious than being an old hospital. It was interesting to see the old medical instruments that were used in the past. What was interesting to see was the apothecary there with what resembled old... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

It was a disappointment to me because I thought it was going to be more the medical side of the hospital as opposed to the religious. With 800 years of history to go at the museum seemed a little 'sparse' to me and really only took about 30 minutes to see it all. The pharmacy next door which is part... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Had high hopes of this museum, with eight hundred years of history to draw upon I thought there would be masses to see. It is basically one large room with a few surgical instruments on view, some very old ledgers and accounts but mainly artwork. Rightly the people of Bruges are proud of their artists and the works on display... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We loved the exhibits of the old surgical tools as well as the flemish primitives artworks in this place.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Nice setting but a very small museum, really just in one room; I had hoped for more medical equipment.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

8 euro to get in- Initially, I was confused as the hospital and Memling museum were one in the same. Beautiful structure and history of the hospital were presented next to the art of Memling and others. It's a small collection but with it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This is not only one of the most interesting old hospitals in Europe, it contains some magnificent art. The story of the hospital in this medieval building is fascinating and be sure to see the wonderful pharmacy in the complex. The art includes wonderful Hans Memling pieces and alter as well as much else. I have been here five times... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This hospital was opened in the 12th century. It is now a museum but does have some interesting pieces in it. The ticket also allows entry to the pharmacy. The entry price of 6-8 Euros was reasonable. There are no audio-guides but there are sheets of information in various languages around the museum which can be read and put back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This old hospital has a lot of art in it, but you also get a feel for how the hospital was when it was in use.

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