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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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  • Small museum with a good number of rooms to explore. A paper guide was provided with English translations for the poster exhibits, but the guide was quite flimsy and difficult to navigate. Still worth...  more »
  • Bergen was the birthplace of leprosy and this museum has its history and the history of many who carried the stigma of suffering or disease. I left distraught and almost depressed this museum... Not count it as a bad thing, but to express how much that I got (I must admit that the rainy day also collaborated to put me in that bleak state). Found me super interesting and very strong stories that it has. Highly recommend this museum is very interesting.
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  • A most interesting place to visit. Lovely church and a historic leprasorium. People often don't realize that leprosy is not just a tropical disease. Norway had some 5000 lepars in the 19th century ( t...  more »