Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

3.7
#6 of 22 in Museums in Bruges
Get a sense of medieval medical practices at Sint-Janshospitaal, a hospice and hospital dating back to the Middle Ages. The displays combine antique medical equipment with 15th-century artwork. Learn about the early medical experiments and procedures that helped doctors understand more about the human body. Along with the medical instruments is a collection of Hans Memling's religious artwork dating back to the 1400s, and hospital documents that reveal the nature of the ailments treated there. Save your ticket and use it to enter the apothecary next door, which features a recreation of a medieval medicine vendor with healing herbs and potions arranged along the walls, just as they would have been centuries ago. Arrange to visit Sint-Janshospitaal and other attractions in Bruges using our Bruges online itinerary maker .
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  • beautiful ancient hospital. Sadly as with much of Bruges at the moment part of the museum was closed for renovation, however, there was some great art on display and it was possible to get a feeling f...  more »
  • I was expecting a hospital related exhibition giving details of early hospital life, but instead found a nearly empty religious exhibition. It isn't my thing at all..... we were all quite bored unfort...  more »
  • Well, I was expecting something connected with the old hospital but sadly not much to see. An exhibition but not really hospital related. An impressive looking old hospital and you pass it on the cana...  more »
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  • That's a great example how to take a very interesting topic and present it just in a wrong way. There are many things that are not written in English, the exhibition is very strangely formed
  • Very interesting. Use to be One of the oldest hospital in Europe now turn to be museum. Good place to visit. Take a note the toilets inside arena are not open all time
  • The high-rise building on the bridge was a hospital until 1976. The chapel of St. Jans Hospital is exhibited by works by Hans Meming, who is considered one of the greatest painters of his time. Behind the building there is a museum with Picasso works
  • Note: This review is only of the church museum with the Michelangelo Madonna. The church museum definitely has several must-see items, primary of which is the Madonna. The Madonna was really quite far from the visiting area to truly appreciate. I was somewhat disappointed. It's also a bit weird to buy your ticket for this museum in a different museum. That's not well-communicated. Otherwise this would be 5-star.
  • Some interesting pieces, but not very many. The temporary exhibition seemed to dominate.

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