Leprosy Museum, Bergen

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#6 of 15 in Historic Sites in Bergen
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. With our custom trip planner, Bergen attractions like Leprosy Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Should be seen and is certainly one of the saddest chapters in the history of Norway.
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  • We visited solely because we already had the Bergen Card and it was a very wet day so we were looking for indoor activities. We were pleasantly surprised and both found the history quite interesting. ...  more »
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