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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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Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
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Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

Firstly, we were greeted by unfriendly staff, who were completely unhelpful and offered no information regarding the museum at all. Upon purchasing my ticket, I was then completely disbelieved of my age and was made to buy the higher priced ticket. Despite this, we continued...More

Thank SophiaFey
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Also known as Old St. John’s Hospital, this 12th century hospital is one of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings. Today you can visit the medieval wards where the nuns and monks cared after pilgrims, travellers and the sick. The hospital is located next to the...More

Thank Jos8Toledo
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This was, by far, the most unique and beautiful museum I've ever been in. Not only is the artwork breathtaking, but the building is a treasure as well.

Thank pixelninja1
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

The hospital courtyard is really lovely with beautiful views of the nearby cathedral. The museum contains the wonderful St. John triptych altarpiece by Mmling which is worth the price of admission. It truly is spectacular. Go there.

Thank italiano17
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

There is a wonderful mix of history and art in this museum. Our Rick Steve's tour book gave us a great description and tour pointing out all of the important and interesting items. Old medical tools, ambulances, description of the altarpiece!

Thank Sheila V
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This museum is a bit different than so many - rather than just displaying paintings the museum provides an overview of medieval medicine. It includes paintings and artifacts in a nice, cool basement museum. Check out the views of the medieval buildings through the museum's...More

Thank Sue H
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Many different things are displayed. There are medical instruments dating way back along with explanations as to how they were used and who could use them as well as art. It was an extremely interesting museum.

Thank SDTraveler033
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

There is a painting showing the hospital centuries ago. Seeing it helped made the visit far more worth while for me -- then I could visualize what it was all about. I suggest that painting be moved from its rather obscure location out to the...More

Thank Sue K
Reviewed 28 May 2017

This hospice is rather interesting and has a number of small Memling paintings which make it worth a visit. It needs some upkeep as it appears rather run down when compared to the hospice in Beaune which is well kept.

Thank Grey C
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Having seen the hospice in Beaune, France, this place is next to nothing compared to that place. There are only a few items on display, and one can hardly feel that this place was once a hospital. Don't waste your time and money. Bruge is...More

Thank HakanTheTraveller
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