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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. Our Bergen trip generator makes visiting Leprosy Museum and other Bergen attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Every year we tried to visit, but the opening hours are restricted and we kept missing the chance. Finally we made it and it was fascinating. This is a quirky old building, set off in a peaceful court...  more »
  • This visit was surprising not only for the amazing history that surrounds this place, but also because of the amazing exhibition that transports you to a time where life was hard and suffering. A real...  more »
  • The first time we hear about St. Joergen(St George`s) hospital is approx 1408. This is before the Reformation in the kingdom of Denmark-Norway and at this time the hospital was governed by the nuns of...  more »