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etween 1850 and 1900 Bergen had three hospitals for leprosy patients and the largest concentration of patients in Europe. The city’s oldest leprosy hospital, St. George’s Hospital, is now not only a monument to thousands of personal tragedies, it is...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
St. George's Hospital | Kong Oscarsgate 59, Bergen 5017, Norway
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I like to visiting museums a little away from the mainstream and this certainly fitted the bill. The story of leprosy in Norway was something I had no clue about and it was interesting to find out more. Sons aged 12 and 10 were fine...More
An interesting museum with a comprehensive history of how the causative microorganism of leprosy was identified. The exhibits were a bit dated and only in Norwegian. The museum has prepared some English leaflets for visitors.
It is an interesting museum but a bit spooky. It tells you the misery life of leorosy patient in the past. Norwegian physician contributed a lot in the research of leprosy. Maybe it is not very suitable for teenagers. My son is frightened by the...More
This is a great place to spend an hour or so! If you need English then you are given a card to read so that you can follow everything.
For some reason this region seems to have suffered with a huge amount of leprosy....I actually...More
I read a bit about this place and decided that we must include it on our visit to Bergen, and was definitely not disappointed. If you have the slightest interest in history, medicine, science or even social history, you would be interested in this place....More
Some elements of a house of horrors only because it was true. But the museum is lovingly restored and maintained. Slightly off the beaten path with a welcome absence of most of the tourists. The buildings were a testament to the country and staffs care...More
When I think of leprosy, I never thought of Norway. But it turns out that in the 18th and 19th century, Norway had one of the world's highest incidences of the disease and western Norway was particularly hard hit. This museum is located in an...More
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BymuseetiBergen, marketing at Leprosy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018
Thank you very much for leaving a review of the Leprosy Museum. We are happy to hear you enjoy your visit though a sad history.
Very interesting museum on Leprosy and how it evolved over the time. At the entrance you can have the translations of the texts in many languages. Each room has some documentation about the evolution of the sickness and how it's been treated in different times.
Learnt a lot about leprosy especially in Norway. The guide was informative, friendly and interesting. The museum itself was quite basic but worth the 9 pounds entry on a rainy day. Didn't take long to look round and I feel more could've been made of...More
I hadn't heard of the Leprosy Museum at St George's Church and Hospital before we were taken their by our guide, who explained this history of the place.
Leprosy was documented from the 1400s and the hospital was run by nuns who treated sufferers in...More
Response from BymuseetiBergen | Property representative |
Thank you for your request. The 1st floor of the museum is acceable by wheelchair, we do not have a permanent ramp, but we will adjust the 2 steps with rails to enter the museum and the St. Jorgen Church. The second floor is... More
Thank you for your request. The 1st floor of the museum is acceable by wheelchair, we do not have a permanent ramp, but we will adjust the 2 steps with rails to enter the museum and the St. Jorgen Church. The second floor is not accessable. We will be pleased to assist you. However we must inform you that the Museum is open from the 15. May (closed the 17. May) until the 31. August: Daily from 11 to 15. We also have material as an exhibition brochure to lend. If you have any further questions please donot hesitate to contact us.