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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. Plan to visit Sint-Janshospitaal and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bruges attractions using our Bruges family vacation planner.
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  • The Michaelangelo is next door in the church but you buy your tickets in the hospital museum. It is worth a walk-through for the artwork and check out the old surgical instruments.  more »
  • rooms are beautiful or even grandiose but simple and of course the paintings of Memling, very addictive
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  • This is a Museum of art and also a museum about the hospital. I loved it-the architecture of the place is beautiful! You learn how it was hospital in medieval times. The explanations are in Dutch and English. It's worth it.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Beautiful place that was a hospital and became a museum and much more. It was nice to walk around.
  • The museum in here is really interesting and tells the story of how this hospital for a long time wasn't at all like a hospital we kow it nowadays. It's not that big, so if you only have an hour left, you might be able to still see everything.
  • 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

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