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Sint-Janshospitaal

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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

Interesting finding out how they looked after ill people in the past. Very interesting exhibition about the history of witches.

Thank sbcj
Reviewed 29 March 2016

This was a real treat if you like Flemish 'primitives' and altar pieces. I was not expecting to see such fine works by Memling so I was delighted at seeing them. One thing to note is that the information around the museum is not translated...More

1  Thank T0m_J2014
Reviewed 28 March 2016

The museum itself is very beautiful and well laid out. The history is interesting, and there are some creepy old medical instruments and illustrations (for fans of the macabre). I admit we were drawn there by posters for the Bruegel's Witches exhibit, which turned out...More

Thank therealmissrita
Reviewed 26 March 2016

Let's start with the cons: No guides, no brochure in any other language besides dutch in MOST of the rooms of the museum (which was pretty annoying) and nobody tells you about this until you REALIZE it by your own... I found one brochure almost...More

Thank Xyomara C
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

This is a must see on how in the past a hospital was run by nuns an amazing building take a look at the old pharmacy this takes you back in time.

Thank Edward J
Reviewed 7 March 2016

first floor is of the history of the building and its story and the second floor has different exhibitions. this was the most interesting really. though some of the history of the building and its layout which is still very visable is interesting to see....More

Thank lizs105
Reviewed 5 March 2016

Interesting history. Good paintings. Cards explaining the works are helpful. Part of the Bruges museum pass.

Thank WannaGoToASkunkFight
Reviewed 3 March 2016

restaurants and the intriguingly titled 'pour your own beer' are being developed in the old hospital. Worth exploring!

Thank philra
Reviewed 28 February 2016

There are so many interesting items to see here. A very large variety of instruments used in the early days of surgery. A must visit to everyone going to Brugges

Thank 755Win
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

This old hospital is well worth visiting even if not so interesting than that of Beaune in Burgundy. You can admire the impressive building though and several art pieces. Do not forget to visit the fabulous chemists in the building next to the hospital: it...More

Thank fitzbenedict
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