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Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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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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Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
+32 50 44 87 11
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm a British citizen and I expected the Hospital to be more like a National Trust attraction. In reality, the museum neglects to give any substantial background to the hospital and instead presents you with random items from the hospitals past and tells you all...More

Thank WollyMonkeyWill
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't planned to go here but as it was included in the museum pass and we had some spare time we headed in. I enjoyed it. Second best museum in Brugge after the Folklore museum.

Thank DavidWray96
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Michaelangelo is next door in the church but you buy your tickets in the hospital museum. It is worth a walk-through for the artwork and check out the old surgical instruments.

Thank _savittgene
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite places in Bruges. I found the way the intertwining of the church into modern medicine very interesting and they have great relics here as well. In addition to the medical artifacts they also have a collection of religious art.

Thank Heidy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is not that much to see, but the building along with pictures gives you an understanding of what they place looked like. The Pharmacy is worth a visit.

Thank Paul A
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

I am a medic myself and was very interested in the museum. After a while I realized the focus us on art and a few items from the time in history. The facts around this old hospital was interesting but I found myself bored pretty...More

Thank Roelof_4x4Medic
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Great assembly of paintings by Memling and other Flemish artists. Museum also contains artifacts of the charitable hospital the church ran. Viewing the old church is also impressive.

Thank 792burtg
Reviewed 7 July 2017

And a lot of art. Because of the history involved I would definitely recommend. It is centrally located so not out of the way while walking around.

Thank Bernice G
Reviewed 7 July 2017

The museum is located in a former hospital. It has two areas, one small area where there is the pharmacy and the main building where you could see very interesting Medieval paintings. The place is not to big and definitively it is worth to visit...More

Thank Beto79
Reviewed 28 June 2017

I visited expecting to find out about medicine and medical practices from 800 years ago. It turns out that almost three quarters of Sint-Janshospitaal actually houses various works of art. The rest of the museum does indeed give a history of the old hospital and...More

Thank macedonboy
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