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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 50 44 87 11
09:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Gorgeous and truly a slice of a medieval town. The history of the place is present on every stone, well worth a wonder round.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful building and some interesting exhibits, definitely worth a visit if you have a background in healthcare, great temporary ECG exhibit on the second floor too. Main issues were around the signage or lack of, no signs around the musumn and we only stumbled upon the ECG exhibit by wandering up some unmarked stairs, which also led to the exit,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Gorgeous and truly a slice of a medieval town. The history of the place is present on every stone, well worth a wonder round.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

But it was so beautiful on the outside! It's so unique and the medieval architecture is so unique and something I do not see where I am from originally. Going to Bruges in general was such a great experience.

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Bridgwater, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the visit here and enjoyed the information that was given about the times that it was used as a hospital. If you are not medically minded you may find this a little on the boring side.

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Sleepy Hollow, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The space itself is worth the visit but the incredible Memlings brought us back several times. This is a wonderfully organized place with a stunning history and items are displayed well. It is spacious and open so even with a crowd it felt easy to navigate. Absolutely worth seeing.

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London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my No1 favourite in Bruges. It's so atmospheric and the contents - furniture, paintings, religious art, hospital equipment etc are wonderfully exhibited. The six Memling paintings in the Chapel are a well deserved major attraction. Upstairs seems to be reserved for temporary exhibitions but I wasn't wowed by this one.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is, according to the guide, one of the only remaining hospitals from the middle ages. This is very cool on it's own. It is in the middle of the town by the church with the Michaelangelo, The building is really awesome and the history tour taught me a lot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

The oldest hospital in town.Formed by different old buildings with nice architecture and a beautiful courtyard.If you have enough time,it worth to take a look.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The outside of this building explained that it was one of the first hospitals in Bruges and mentioned the long history of hospitals and medical care. I went in and paid 8 euro to walk around and see the exhibits. Unfortunately, only a small portion of the exhibits were about the hospital and the history of medical care itself. Much... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Fascinating to see how centuries ago they were caring for the sick, and how that care developed. Much bigger than I would have expected.

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