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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 6 days ago

What an amazing building! Full of the most amazing pieces of art both carved in stone and painted. There is such a mesmerising history about this location and the artwork from Memling is stunning, absolutely stunning!!

Thank Gavin K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A powerful and informative look at the culture and history of medicine. The exhibits are wonderful! There is much to discover and much to learn. My wife is a nurse and I thought I'd be bored whilst she poked around some stale museum, but it...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was excited about seeing a hospital from the 12th century and excited to see the works by Hans Memling. I found the hospital related artifacts to be underwhelming at best. There really wasn’t much to see in that regard. It was quite dark inside...More

Thank LynetteCz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A rare survival of a medieval hospital. The building is interesting but the Memling paintings are the real stars. They are beautiful and intricate and still jewel bright. The entry fee is reasonable and worth every penny.

Thank jeanann1485
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are about four lovely altarpieces by Memling here. Other works are on display too by other artists. Certainly a worthwhile place to visit, the history of the hospital is interesting. For Art History students - must!

Thank SouthWalesTeapot
Reviewed 9 August 2017 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 7 August 2017

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 31 July 2017

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 30 July 2017

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 17 July 2017

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
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