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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 4 days ago via mobile

I was very disappointed with this museum. There was very little information about its history as a hospital instead it was full of modern art. Definitely not what I expected! Would not recommend!

Thank Ac87ne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sad I did not read reviews of this museum before I went. There was little to do with "medicine" in the museum. It seemed to concentrate on a famous painter who painted very religious scenes. There was also a lot video clips of art. Did...More

Thank Kim P
Reviewed 1 week ago

They cleared out all the medical display to make room for an artist exhibit. Now as far as we are concerned the artist exhibition wasn't good at all but what I find frustrating is that to accomdate it they deprived us of our medical exhibition...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm in the medical field, so this was a "must-see" for me. Imagine my surprise/disappointment to find out they had cleared out the medical display to make room for an artist exhibit. I can't remember the artist. I guess he's famous, but his work was...More

Thank Deborah A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although much of the hospital is being renovated, we enjoyed the exhibitions that are open to the public at this time. The art and artifacts are terrific.

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Among the many attractions of Bruges, the Apothecary Museum (Apotheek) was a real highlight for me. This museum was a real learning experience: from the period herb knot gardens in the front to the courtyard with its well to the portraits of the institutions 'tutors'...More

Thank Ruinsgal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Claimed to be the oldest surviving hospital in Europe, this place as a lot of history behind it. It was a functional hospital right from the medieval time up till a couple of decades back, when it was finally shut down. Now it is a...More

Thank soham_dutta
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Picasso, Miro and Da Vinci exhibition really well set out worth seeing, very close to the De Halve Maan Brewery also well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Europe’s oldest hospital complex with its world class collection of early Flemish painting including masterpieces by Memling is hosting a remarkable show of South African contemporary artist and filmmaker William Kentridge. The combo of setting and dazzlingly original art (including works combining animation with object...More

1  Thank murrayhiller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was expecting much more, so was disappointed to see only paintings as the hopsital part was closed for renovation.

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