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Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges
(3.8/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
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
  • If you're under 25, you pay 6 euros, or 8. The museum was a small disappointment because they first of all very small and, secondly, there is very little remained of the medical history and especially paintings and sculptures.
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  • We visited the Saint John hospital expecting to see things that with the hospital. Once inside, there were especially religious paintings to hang and there was but a very small range of medical instruments and there was hardly kept the former Hospital.
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  • This museum, located in the grounds of the former St John Hospital itself active in medieval times and during 8 centuries, where the nuns and religious care, pilgrims, travellers and sick. There is a particularly rich collection of instruments of surgery at that time, works of art, the Memling painting.
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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.