Museum Sint-Janshospitaal (Museum St John’s Hospital)
The St John’s Hospital Museum is among the oldest hospital buildings in Europe. In this unique setting, you can discover an impressive collection of medical instruments and a strong selection of art, with Hans Memling's seven works as the major crowd-pleaser.
When it comes to valuable heritage, the 12th-century St John’s Hospital Museum is not to miss! Explore the mediaeval infirmaries and medical instruments, the church, chapel, records and an impressive collection of artworks. No fewer than seven masterpieces by Flemish primitive Hans Memling, including the famous St Ursula Shrine, are on display here. The Diksmuide Attic in the St John’s Hospital Museum is also worth a visit. The oak truss is one of the oldest in Europe.
The medieval wards, with accompanying chapel and impressive attic, are now set up as a contemporary museum. The revamped museum concept creates a contemporary and dynamic art experience. Starting from the fascinating history of the hospital, you are guided past Memling's magnificent paintings — inseparable from the building's history — as well as a few surprising contemporary works. The new St John’s Hospital Museum will be a warm place with care, empathy and hospitality stories at its core, as it has been for centuries.