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Address: Mariastraat 38, Bruges 8000, Belgium
Phone Number:
+32 50 44 87 11
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist...

Sint-Janshospitaal owns six masterpieces by the Flemish primitive artist Hans Memling, as well as many religious paintings and sculptures. Objects of applied art, such as furniture, silverwork, medical instruments, reliquaries, archive documents, and apothecary pots reflect 800 years of care.

Sint-Janshospitaal is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. In the museum, you can learn more about hospital life in the past and how the wards would have looked then. Furniture, paintings, sculptures, silverware, and pewterware are the silent witnesses of the care for bodies and souls that took place in this hospital through the centuries. The building’s supporting framework is also unique and is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. The old apothecary’s and herb garden is also well worth a visit. In the hospital chapel, the focus is all on the work of the most famous of the Flemish Primitives: Hans Memling. This painter lived and worked in Bruges in the 15th century and created his most important masterpieces here, including the famous Shrine of St Ursula, which was painted specifically for Sint-Janshospitaal.

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Interesting and informative museum

A very nice museum where you can see the history of the hospital and also see some nice paintings and art objects. Was here with a friend who studied medicins at the university... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2017
Evergem, Belgium
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Evergem, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

A very nice museum where you can see the history of the hospital and also see some nice paintings and art objects. Was here with a friend who studied medicins at the university and she was surprised to see some old instruments, the way it use to be in the earlier years. Certainly worth a visit.

Thank HugoColle
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Superb museum with wonderful altarpieces and medical memorabilia, great value with the museum pass for Brugge.

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Seville, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Interesting tour of early medical practices but the entire tour is a bit short. Would have been nice to see more of the hospital.

Thank KeithBA2
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

A beautiful and fascinating building but for me the paintings by Hans Memling are the highlight. Breathtaking, especially The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine (1479) and the Saint Ursula Shrine (1489).

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

If you enjoy artwork and sculptures then this place is a must, its beautiful, but there is limited information about the hospital itself. Was slightly disappointed.

Thank YD27
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Sint-Janshospitaal is located in a calmer neighbourhood of Brugge centrum. If you arrive in the city by train it would be a good idea to slow down when you reach the grote markt and rather head to the Sint-Janshospitaal to wait the big crowd to disappear. As a bonus you get a museum to visit, a small beautiful garden and... More 

Thank Flyngdtchmn
Wells-next-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Entering this fourteenth century hall, once a series of wards for the care of the sick continuously until the nineteenth century, allowed the visitor to see images of those who cared, how they were cared for and what they believed. The nuns who nursed wore the same habit until the 1960s and the hospital itself was used until the 1990s.... More 

Thank RHW A
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

The average review is personal, neither my partner or I thought this was particularly wonderful. There were a few historically significant items. The most interesting part was the historical photos of Nuns and medical instruments; many of which resemble what we still use today, which is fascinating.

Thank Mindy1001
Dordrecht, Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Here you see 3 very different things: 1. a building which has served for centuries as a hospital and which is still rather intact. You can see how they took care of the sick people /which intruments are used and by who 2. Nice little collection of beuatifull paintings by Hans Memling, a so-called "flemish primitive" who lived a longtime... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great little museum and one of the most important aspects of it to me is the architecture of the building. I came here ten years ago and was completely taken aback by the loft space - the wooden beamed roof was breathtaking. This time I brought my partner to Brugge to share in this wonder and it's... More 

Thank Barry L

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