Museums, places of interest and attractions

Some places are so special, so breathtaking or so unique that you simply have to see them. Bruges is filled to the brim with wonderful witnesses of a prosperous past. Although the Flemish primitives are undoubtedly Bruges’ showpiece attraction, museum devotees in search of much more will not be disappointed. Indeed, the Bruges range of attractions is truly magnificent. From modern plastic art by way of Michelangelo’s world-famous Madonna and Child to the brand new Lace Centre. It’s all there for you to discover! 

  • Arentshuis
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    On the upper floor of this elegant 18th century city mansion with its picturesque garden the oeuvre of the versatile British artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) is on display.

  • Begijnhof (Beguinage)
    today: 06:30 - 18:30

    The 'Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde' with its white-coloured house fronts and tranquil convent garden was founded in 1245.

  • Belfort met Beiaard (Belfry and Carillon)
    today: 09:00 - 20:00

    The most striking tower in Bruges dates back to the 13th century, is 83 metres high and is protected as a world heritage site.

  • Boudewijn Seapark
    today: 10:00 - 17:00

    In the Boudewijn Seapark you can enjoy the magical new dolphin show and watch the seals and sea lions perform the craziest tricks.

  • Bourgogne des Flandres
    today: 10:30 - 18:00

    After an absence of 60 years, Bourgogne des Flandres is once again being brewed in Bruges.

  • Brouwerij De Halve Maan (Brewery)
    today: 10:00 - 17:00

    This authentic brewery in the centre of Bruges is a family business with a tradition stretching back through six generations to 1856.

  • Bruges Beer Experience
    today: 10:00 - 18:00

    Discover in an interactive way everything you ever wanted to know about the raw ingredients of beer, the brewing process, food pairing, beer in Bruges, trappist and abbey beers, etc.

  • Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges)
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    From this mansion, the Liberty of Bruges (the countryside in a wide area around the city) was once governed.

  • Choco-Story (Chocolate Museum)
    today: 10:00 - 17:00

    The museum dips its visitors in the history of cocoa and chocolate.

  • Cozmix - Volkssterrenwacht (Public observatory) Beisbroek
    today: closed

    Admire the beauty of the sun, moon and planets in glorious close-up, thanks to a powerful telescope in the Cozmix observation tower.

  • Museum-Gallery Xpo Salvador Dalí
    today: 10:00 - 18:00

    In the Cloth Halls, you can admire a fantastic collection of world-famous graphics and statues by the great artist Salvador Dalí.

  • Diamantmuseum (Diamond Museum)
    today: 10:30 - 17:30

    Did you know that diamond-cutting was first invented in Bruges more than 500 years ago?

  • Xpo Center Bruges
    today: closed

    On the historic Old Saint John site you can visit Expo Picasso, a permanent exhibition with 300 graphic works by the Spanish master Pablo Picasso.

  • Frietmuseum (Fries Museum)
    today: 10:00 - 17:00

    This didactical museum sketches the history of the potato, Belgian fries and the various sauces and dressings that accompany this most delicious and most famous of Belgian comestibles.

  • Gezellehuis
    today: 09:30 - 12:30 / 13:30 - 17:00

    This literary and biographical museum about the life of Guido Gezelle (1830-1899), one of Flanders’ most famous poets, was established in the house where he was born, situated in a peaceful working-class district of the city.

  • Groeningemuseum
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    The Groeninge Museum provides a varied overview of the history of Belgian visual art, with the top-class paintings by the world-renowned Flemish primitives as a highlight.

  • Gruuthusemuseum
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    In the museum you can journey through three crucial periods in the history of Bruges.

  • Foltermuseum De Oude Steen (Torture Museum)
    today: 10:30 - 18:30

    In the beautifully renovated – and probably oldest stone – building in Bruges, you can discover a remarkable and spine-chilling collection of instruments of torture and learn about the history of law, order and justice in the city.

  • Historium Bruges
    today: 10:00 - 18:00

    Go back in time and experience the bustling city of Bruges in the Golden Age in various ways. Hear the exciting tale of Jan van Eyck's apprentice in the Historium Story, featuring film, decors and special effects.

  • Hof Bladelin (Bladelin Court)
    today: 14:00 - 17:00

    Pieter Bladelin, treasurer of the order of the Golden Fleece, had this city palace built around 1440.

  • Kantcentrum (Lace Centre)
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    The Lace Centre has been housed in the renovated old lace school of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

  • Lumina Domestica (Lamp Museum)
    today: 10:00 - 17:00
    The museum contains the world’s largest collection of lamps and lights.
  • O.L.V.-kerk Museum (Museum of the Church of Our Lady)
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    The 115.5 metre-high brick church tower, the second tallest of the world, illustrates the craftsmanship of the Bruges builders.

  • O.L.V. ter Potterie (Our Lady of the Pottery)
    today: 09:30 - 12:30 / 13:30 - 17:00

    This hospital was first mentioned in records dating back to the 13th century, when the nuns cared for pilgrims, travellers and the sick here. Nowadays, the historic infirmary and convent are home to numerous works of art, religious artefacts and medical instruments from many centuries of care. The adjacent church, with its Baroque interior, is also worth a visit.

  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Blindekenskapel (Chapel of Our Lady of the Blind)
    today: 09:00 - 18:00

    Even many of Bruges’ residents are unfamiliar with the Chapel of Our Lady of the Blind.

  • Schuttersgilde Sint-Sebastiaan (St. Sebastian’s Archers Guild)
    today: 10:00 - 17:00

    The Guild of Saint Sebastian is an archers’ guild that has already been in existence for more than 600 years, which is unprecedented anywhere in the world.

  • Sint-Salvatorskathedraal (Saint Saviour's Cathedral)
    today: 10:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 17:30
    Bruges’ oldest parish church (12th–15th century) has amongst its treasures a rood loft with an organ, medieval tombs, Brussels tapestries and a rich collection of Flemish paintings (14th-18th century).
  • Sint-Janshospitaal
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    Saint John’s Hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Europe, dating back to the mid 12th century.

  • Sint-Janshuismolen (Sint-Janshuis Mill)
    today: 09:30 - 12:30 / 13:30 - 17:00

    Windmills have graced Bruges’ ramparts ever since the construction of the outer city wall at the end of the 13th century. They had a key economic function until well into the 19th century.

  • Concertgebouw Circuit
    today: 14:00 - 18:00

    An original experience trail takes you on an expedition through the modern Concert Hall.

  • Stadhuis (City Hall)
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    The monumental City Hall (1376-1421) is one of the oldest in the Low Countries. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years.

  • Volkskundemuseum (Museum of Folk Life)
    today: 09:30 - 17:00

    In these renovated workers’ houses you will discover more about daily life in Bruges during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Musea Sculpta 3D Museum
    today: 10:00 - 18:00

    The 3D Museum shows you masterpieces by the Flemish primitives from the 15th and 16th centuries in an original way.

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