Party Weekend in the renewed Gruuthusemuseum
The Gruuthusemuseum and its rich collection of high quality artefacts will take you on a journey through the history of Bruges from Spring 2019 onwards. The exhibits include many masterpieces of medieval craftsmanship, such as tapestries, lace, fine silverwork and woodcarving, but also a number of other items, both large and small, which have a personal story to tell. In this way, history is made truly tangible. From the trading metropolis of the Middle Ages to the 19th century revival and the UNESCO World Heritage City of today: discover what makes Bruges the city it has become.
The museum is housed in what was once the city palace of Lodewijk - or Louis - of Gruuthuse. His family fortune was based on the sale of ‘gruut’, a mixture of herbs that was widely used for the brewing of beer. Lodewijk is the most famous member of this distinguished family and was an important figure and confidant at the court of the dukes of Burgundy. He carried out many improvements to his palace over the years, including the addition of a prayer chapel that overlooks the choir of the adjacent Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk. At the end of the 19th century the palace was renovated and restored by the City Architect, Louis Delacenserie, and was transformed into the setting for a new historical museum. During your visit you can admire both the richness of the architectural detail and the surprising views that the museum offers of our city and its glorious past.
During the opening weekend, visitors will be given a series of extra treats in and around the museum: workshops, demonstrations, storytellers, breakfast on the new forecourt and much, much more! In the courtyard you can also enjoy a refreshing drink, while admiring the beautifully restored facades.
Period: 25-26 May 2019
free of charge