The Sint-Janshospitaal reopens late autumn of 2023 with a renewed permanent collection presentation.. During the constructions, the old hospital pharmacy remains open. Discover the authentic 17th-century interior.
St John's Hospital gets a thorough makeover with a renewed permanent collection presentation. Until the reopening of the new St John's Hospital (16 December 2023), you can buy a separate admission ticket for the old hospital pharmacy. After the reopening, access to the pharmacy will again be included in your St John's Hospital ticket.
The old pharmacy of the St John’s Hospital is housed in the former monastery that once stood next to what is now the museum. In 1643, after the last monk had died, the city authorities decided to set up a pharmacy in these old monastery buildings. This pharmacy was run by nuns and remained in operation until 1971. The sister-apothecaries purchased medicines from local Bruges pharmacists, but also made their own preparations, which included ingredients grown in the nearby herb garden. Today, the four plots in front of the pharmacy are a last reminder of this garden, which once covered 3,000m². The pharmacy itself has scarcely changed over the years and still retains its authentic 17th century interior. It is a truly unique place, and well worth a visit!
Mariastraat 38 , 8000 Brugge