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Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

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Art Museum
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. Plan to visit Sint-Janshospitaal and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bruges attractions using our Bruges family vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • 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.  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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, ...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum with reasonable entrance fee
  • Excellent exhibition on witches! Well done the designer of the exhibit! Loved the candle light!
  • A nice collection of art work, but stealing the show are the medical instruments and the apothecary.
  • Really amazing building, didn't go inside to see any exhibits but the exterior was amazing.
  • Tof.