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Leprosy Museum

St. George's Hospital | Kong Oscarsgate 59, Bergen 5017, Norway
+47 479 79 583
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etween 1850 and 1900 Bergen had three hospitals for leprosy patients and the largest concentration of patients in Europe. The city’s oldest leprosy hospital, St. George’s Hospital, is now not only a monument to thousands of personal tragedies, it is also an important arena for the dissemination of Norwegian work and research on leprosy. In many parts of the world leprosy is commonly known as Hansen’s disease, after the Norwegian physician Gerhard Armauer Hansen who discovered the leprosy bacillus in Bergen in 1873. The herb garden we meet today is from the 1990s. It is open to the Public during museum opening hours. Open mid may - end august daily from 11 until 15
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St. George's Hospital | Kong Oscarsgate 59, Bergen 5017, Norway
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It is an interesting museum but a bit spooky. It tells you the misery life of leorosy patient in the past. Norwegian physician contributed a lot in the research of leprosy. Maybe it is not very suitable for teenagers. My son is frightened by the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great place to spend an hour or so! If you need English then you are given a card to read so that you can follow everything. For some reason this region seems to have suffered with a huge amount of leprosy....I actually...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I read a bit about this place and decided that we must include it on our visit to Bergen, and was definitely not disappointed. If you have the slightest interest in history, medicine, science or even social history, you would be interested in this place....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Some elements of a house of horrors only because it was true. But the museum is lovingly restored and maintained. Slightly off the beaten path with a welcome absence of most of the tourists. The buildings were a testament to the country and staffs care...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When I think of leprosy, I never thought of Norway. But it turns out that in the 18th and 19th century, Norway had one of the world's highest incidences of the disease and western Norway was particularly hard hit. This museum is located in an...More

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BymuseetiBergen, marketing at Leprosy Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for leaving a review of the Leprosy Museum. We are happy to hear you enjoy your visit though a sad history.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum on Leprosy and how it evolved over the time. At the entrance you can have the translations of the texts in many languages. Each room has some documentation about the evolution of the sickness and how it's been treated in different times.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Learnt a lot about leprosy especially in Norway. The guide was informative, friendly and interesting. The museum itself was quite basic but worth the 9 pounds entry on a rainy day. Didn't take long to look round and I feel more could've been made of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't heard of the Leprosy Museum at St George's Church and Hospital before we were taken their by our guide, who explained this history of the place. Leprosy was documented from the 1400s and the hospital was run by nuns who treated sufferers in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned so much on our visit! Our young guide was enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. Such a crippling disease, this hospital was a major player in finding a cure for Leprosy. It was mind losing to learn statistics and to see how the townsfolk responded...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hospital has a very interesting history. At one time 3% of Norway's population was infected. Dr. Hansen, who discovered that it was caused by a bacterium, worked at St. George's, hence the name Hansen's Disease. The hospital complex is as was decades ago. I...More

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Response from BymuseetiBergen | Property representative |
Thank you for your request. The 1st floor of the museum is acceable by wheelchair, we do not have a permanent ramp, but we will adjust the 2 steps with rails to enter the museum and the St. Jorgen Church. The second floor is... More
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