Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

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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 paintings, a little history, ancient objects in relation to the medicine of that time. All allows you to better see the evolution of the latter. I did like being ill or pregnant at that time. €6 up to 25 years is quite correct. We did not visit the pharmacy because the teller told us that it was included in the price. Got there (he takes out "hospital"), in sent us there to redo the queue to pay the 2nd part of the visit. We decided to pass.
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  • You can visit the ancient Pharmacy and Museum where collected some of the best works of Memling. fantastic!
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  • Hospital visit, we are back in the atmosphere of a hospital in the middle ages, we rediscover the furniture but especially for art lovers, the beautiful paintings of Hans Memling, he is also the visit of the (fairly fast) pharmacy
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  • Great place to spend some time and an very excellent exhibition for old pharmacist utensils. It's very cool to be here in the old pharmacy laboratory between all the vessels of clay, glass, and tin and the beautiful old manuscripts. This is like a time journey into the beginnings of the European treatment culture. Back to the 13th century. Many thanks and greetings from Lower Saxony / Germany s. & w.r.pechmann #Localguide #OnGoogleMaps
  • A truly educational visit which unfolds the history of one of Europe's oldest hospitals from its foundation by the monks and nuns of medieval Bruges through to its eventual closure in the late 20th century. The old surgical equipment is well worth a look. The hospital and the pharmacy just round the corner require separate tickets to visit so probably a good idea to get the 3-day Museum Pass for 20 Euros which will get you into these two and another dozen or so museums and historical sites.
  • Impressive art museum with a lot of interesting pieces. Tells the history of the building and Bruges as well slightly. Entry price is good, and allows access to the small apothecary round the corner during certain times. Large place, not too many seats, although there are lots of portable stools you can take around with you to sit and look at the art
  • Interesting museum but quite small. The old attic is an impressive piece of architecture.
  • So much history and the exhibitions is geared towards relics. The memling triptych is amazing but there is so much missed opportunity for telling us about the hospital. There is nothing. Jsut some old medical equipment with not even explanation of how they were used. Very old fashioned approach to the museum. Kids would be very bored as an adult it didn't entertain

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