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Brugge en West-Vlaanderen

Museums
The museums of Bruges have a broad variety of collections; their biggest asset is their unique diversity: from Flemish Primitive Painters to contemporary Art, from the classical fine arts to the archaeological objects, furniture, silverwork and folk objects for everyone s taste.

Alongside the permanent collections, there are often temporary exhibitions that are also guided by our tour guides.

Museum 1 – The "Groeninge" Museum
A world famous collection with not only Flemish Primitive Painters and such exclusive works from Jan Van Eyck, Hugo van der Goes, Hans Memling and Gerard David but also paintings and sculptures from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Expressionistic periods as well.

Museum 2 – The "Gruuthuse" Museum
The former palace of the Lords of "Gruuthuse". The "Gruuthuse" museum houses a wide variety of objects that provide us a view on life between the 15th and 19th centuries. From the most common daily objects to the most bizarre: one can find here centuries old furniture and kitchenware as well as a guillotine and weapons.

Museum 3 – The "Our Holy Lady of the Potterie" Mus
This historical hospital complex (13th-17th centuries) with adjoining baroque church contains a collection of paintings, statues, furniture, antique glass windows and an exclusive silverworks collection.

Museum 4 – The "Arentshuis" Museum
On the upper floor: The "Brangwyn" Trust collection (1936): paintings, drawings, watercolours, furniture. On the lower floor you will find rotating expositions visual arts involving the use of a variety of materials which affiliated with the "Groeninge" Museum collection.

Museum 5 – The "Memling and Old Saint John Hospita
The Saint John Hospital is one of the oldest authentic and preserved hospital complexes of Europe. In the museum, one can get an idea of earlier hospital life in the infirmaries, wards and patient areas. The old apothecary and the herb garden are also worth visiting. In the Hospital chapel are displayed the most important works (such as the Holy Ursula Shrine among others) of the master artist and Flemish Primitive painter Hans Memling.

Museum 6 – The "Gezelle" Museum
Birth house of the famous Flemish poet (1830-1899): now a literary museum. Adjoining the house complex is a romantic garden with the main attraction being a statue entitled "The Man who gives fire" by Jan Fabre.

Museum 7 – The Folklore Museum
Eight seventeenth century Almshouses, with a modern architectural expansion, housing a collection of old objects in a variety of decors from times past: a school room, a cobblers shop, an apothecary, a tavern…

Museum 8 – Archeological Museum
This museum spans from the pre history, Roman era, early and late middle ages up to today. Per period, the way of daily life is examined per era via such universal themes such as habitation, working, living and dying.

Museum 9 – City Hall and 'Brugse Vrije' Museum
The City Hall of Bruges, dating from 1376, is one of the oldest in the Low Countries of Europe. The Gothic Hall with magnificent 19th century wall paintings and polychrome vaults and arched roof is an artwork in itself. In the adjacent museum one can become familiar with the theme 'Citizen and City Government'. The eye catcher of the "Brugse Vrije" is the monumental and decorative chimney place designed by Lancelot Blondeel in the 16th century.

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