Memling In Sint-jan Hospitaal MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Across from Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk , Mariastraat 38, Brugge 8000, Bruges, Belgium
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 32-50448711
- Ticket Price: 8 EUR
- Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
- Tags: Art Museum, Museum, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Memling In Sint-jan Hospitaal Museum - Review
Originally the hospital of St. John in the 12th century, the Memling in Sint-Jan Hospitaal museum is now a museum of sorts, exploring the history of the structure and contains displays illuminating the same. The building itself is from the 1100’s and is chock full of treasures. A fascinating combination of medical instruments and works of art make this museum a unique experience, for history lovers and casual visitors alike.
The Hospitaal museum is divided into two sections; the larger in the former hospital ward and containing documentation and fascinating artefacts and works of art such as Jan Beerblock’s ‘The Wards of St. Janshospital’ depicting patients resting in tiny cupboard like beds. There are numerous beautiful paintings such as ‘The Deposition of Christ’ and others that are themed around Jesus and the donor. Even the furniture in this area is noteworthy and very beautiful, reminiscent of a sense of by gone aestheticism. The smaller section is now a shopping complex from where you can take home keepsakes.
There lies an old chapel inside the museum, displaying six paintings by Memling himself, with their detailed symbolism and grave aura. In 1480, the artists were one of Bruges greatest money lenders, a reflection of his popularity as an artist of the time. His skilful strokes and choice of warm colours made him famous, even outside the Belgian city. His painting ‘The Legend of Ursula’ is a multi panelled story within a painting, depicting the pilgrimage she and her ten companions undertook and their unfortunate fate at the hands of the Huns. On a brighter note is the ‘Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine’, serene and shows in a contemplative mood, together with baby Jesus.
Visitors will be delighted to see this monument to art and historical memento, whether it’s a leisurely stroll you desire or to admire art and devour a slice of history. Walk around the St. John Altar Piece or soak in the beautiful paintings, it’s worth spending an evening in this museum. It’s recommended you take an English guidebook with you if you aren’t well versed with the Flemish language as most of the explanations are not in English.
Memling In Sint-jan Hospitaal Museum Information
- Get the multi-museum ticket for best value.
- Check out the magnificent Memling painting of the active hospital floor.
- There is a lot of artwork to admire all around this building.
- Pick up an English language guide book at the door so as to understand the exhibits properly.
- The explanations in English are not well detailed.
- The pharmacy exhibit is closed at lunchtime.
- Parking available.
Memling In Sint-jan Hospitaal Museum Ticket Prices
- Adults 8 Euros ($13) , Seniors 6 Euros ($9.60) , Ages 6-25 1 Euros ($1.60) , Free for children 5 and under.
How To reach Memling In Sint-jan Hospitaal Museum by Public Transport
- Bus stands: Markt 2(0)50334444 and Stationsplein 32(0)50384660.
- Detailed bus, train and ferry schedules are on display at the Tourist Office.
Restaurants Near Memling In Sint-jan Hospitaal Museum
- Gruuthuse Hof (Belgian Cuisine, Snacks/30 Euro per head)
- Marieke van Brugghe (Belgian, Beer/30 Euro per head)
- Poules Moules (Belgian/30 Euro per head)
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12 PM - 1 PM
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2 Hrs 30 Minutes
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Memling In Sint-jan Hospitaal Museum, Bruges Reviews
If you are an English speaker, consider going elsewhere. Very interesting tools, but the descriptions for medical equipment are not in English. Most of the museum is local artwork...fantastic but not always pertaining to the medical history of the location
It is barely worth the 12 euro ticket. The most impressive part is the wooden ceiling. I would choose to have one more boat ride.
We wanted to see the Apothecary museum only but they make you buy a ticket to both museums. We found them both very lacking. Also where you buy the tickets is a bit further down the road from the entrance than the opening to the courtyard. The attended at the Apothecary museum kept having to tell people to go back out and back to the street to get tickets. He didn't speak much English so it ended up being a lot of had gestures and pointing. You would think they could fix that with effective signage. Once you find the entrance to get tickets you find out you have to pay to see it all. Luckily it won't take you long. Not worth the money im my opinion. Just go into the courtyard and take pictures of the outside. One of the free walking tours will take you buy there and give some history without going in. That's the better option.
An odd museum, in that it is half the history of medical practice in hospitals, and then an art section, which is very good. The display commentaries are in four languages, only some of which include English, so unless you have some French you don't get the full message. The building is wonderful though.
Bruges is the Veneza of north, a pearl and also a charm. Walk through the old streets of Bruges is an amazing experience, full of history and literally a journey through time. The atmosphere is magical, an island cut by several canals that fed a rich region. If you are a traveler and want to go back in time our suggestion is to visit Saint John’s Hospital. A place with eight hundred-year-old histories of caring for pilgrims, travelers, the poor and the sick. This visit can be divided into 3 parts, the first thing to see is the architecture of the building with his bricks so peculiar which brings us instantly to the past. The first one you have to go to the main place where the hospital was operating, we can find many items of furniture, sculptures, silverware, paintings and sacred objects. This tour is important to understand the feeling of charity and care given to the sick. The fight for life with great zeal and religiosity practiced by the sisters. Sint-Janshospitaal is one of the oldest preserved hospital buildings in Europe. The second step is to visit the pharmacy, where the medicines are and all the healing science used as hospital support and reference of the great doctors and pharmacists of the time, this is a singular visit to a hall reserved to the knowledge and effort to save the life. In front of the hospital, there is the Church of Our Lady. You can extend your journey visiting this church. As we know in that time in that conditions through this activity to save people, the religion was the base and for that, there is always a church around. This church is so important for the simple fact that at that time – or even today, it was a connection to heaven, with its own peculiarities and its treasures is one of the blessings of Bruges.