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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  • We ran in here to get away from the crazy rain. But we were glad we did because otherwise we never would have gone. The church was amazing with a great wooden feel. The guided tour is worth every penn...  more »
  • We found this an interesting and unexpected diversion. It gives you a window into a real piece of Norway's history and the unusual and informative short biographies of real people help to relate to th...  more »
  • Old Leprosarium from Bergen, not much to see but free with the Bergen Card! The small church is not always open, see with staff when to visit.
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