Leprosy Museum, Bergen

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Housed in the original wing of one of Scandinavia's oldest hospitals, Leprosy Museum commemorates the 8,000 Norwegians known to have had leprosy, as well as physician G.A. Hansen, who discovered the leprosy bacillus in 1873. View the small rooms reconstructed with period furniture, personal items, and wax models of leprosy patients. Other rooms exhibit medical equipment from the 19th century and information panels explaining the disease. Look for the exhibit of an early prototype of a wheelchair--a regular chair placed on a small cart with wheels. Note that the images of patients can be disturbing to some people. At the reception desk, you can buy souvenir postcards, medical books, and brochures in English. With our custom trip planner, Bergen attractions like Leprosy Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This museum is tucked away from the main tourist areas. It is housed in one of the oldest hospitals in Bergen where Dr. Hansen discovered the cause of leprosy. It was fascinating to learn that...  more »
  • We walked the sterp hill to see the Leprosy Museum ..big interest for me . Unfortunately it was closed. Founded in the 15th century .it was a hospital for people suffering from Leprosy until the...  more »
  • ...outside only as it closes for the winter. Big dsappointment as I had really hoped to see it.. So a minus point for not being open off season...even though bergen still has plenty of visitors  more »
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  • Very interesting museum in Bergen based around an old leprosy hospital. Displays explain how the causes of and treatments for leprosy were uncovered. There are photographs showing how the disease impacted on people. There’s also a herb garden which was at one point used to provide herbal treatments.
  • It is a very strange exhibition I really loved it. You should read a lot, but it gives you very detailed description about the hospital, the leprosis, and it's research, and researchers also. You can get acquainted with personal histories and how was the daily life there. It was great to see people to read papers :)
  • We found this museum by accident and I can definitely say this is one of the most interesting museums I have been to! For sure, it's about a special theme and you should have some interest in medicine, diseases or medical history - event though it's still present in different parts of the world. The two guides were very passionate about their museum and had excellent knowledge on the topic which was extremely informative. They offered guided tours every other hour in Norwegian or English and opened the church every hour for 10minutes including an introduction of 5minutes. They provided a complete English, German and Spanish version of the exhibits and partly various other languages. Really great and highly recommended!!! I learned a lot!
  • I visited the Lepramuseet on the recommendation of a Bergen physician, even though it did not seem the most pleasurable topic for a tourist attraction. However, I was quite impressed by first meeting at the admission desk someone who I thought at first meeting to be closely connected to the museum. Indeed she was the daughter of the former pastor of the church across the courtyard of St. Jorgen's hospital. She gave me a private tour of the church where church members did not fear sitting next to lepers in the church pews. The museum is historically important because it was in Bergen, Norway that the cause and cure of the disease was discovered.
  • Fantastic little museum with an interesting history. You don't need a lot of time here, maybe just an hour. The guides are very knowledgeable. Well worth a visit

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