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Address: Katelijnestraat 43, Bruges B-8000, Belgium
Phone Number: +32 50 34 20 56
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10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

The Diamond museum sheds a fascinating light on Bruges' gem connection....

The Diamond museum sheds a fascinating light on Bruges' gem connection. Diamonds were traded and polished here as far back as the 14th century. The museum shows how medieval Bruges was the first diamond city in the world, and why the industry later moved to Antwerp. The museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions, a shop dedicated to all things diamond-related, and offers its unique Diamond Polishing Show every day.

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Don't expect to see the best diamonds

In this museum in Brugges, you can see all the history and processses that a diamond goes through. However I was expecting to see some very spectacular diamonds but instead, saw... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
İrem S
Istanbul, Turkey

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Longfield, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We went to the museum and paid extra for a display in the process of cutting and polishing diamonds. The museum explains how Bruges was the centre of the diamond trade in the past and the processes involved in turning a rough diamond into a sparkling gem. The display was carried out by the museum,s owner and he spoke both... More 

Thank Claire P
London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

The receptionist (he was apparently also the manager of the place) reduced my 5 year old daughter to tears. She was really excited about visiting this museum and the trip ended with her accidentally dropping a plastic keyring, which chipped. This resulted in the receptionist storming over, glaring at her and demanding that we control our children and to not... More 

Thank Intrepidholic
The Netherlands
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67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

A bit disappointed with this museum. No one to ask questions or has clear information. No demonstration on how diamond was cut, polished etc. Once again you can only read what's on the board and pictures. Poor presentation! To see the shop you have to pay extra which I think it's a bit too much! Quite boring I think. I... More 

1 Thank Cherlene778
Sant Just Desvern, Spain
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

It is a basic musuem, that has to be renovetad. I think it is ot worth the entrance you have to pay (8€). We speak spanish, and they give us a paper to follow the visit...at this time, I still try to be able to follow the visit with the paper...it is not clear. At the end, I read the... More 

Thank David1972-28
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

For the diamond lovers is this the place to be. Most the time we buy diamonds and not knowing how its made and why its so expensive. And most of the time we are told the diamonds are very strong materials....well guess agian guys you will be shocked. I would go see the live demonstration if you got the time.... More 

Thank Stefan D
Blessington, Ireland
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198 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

You pay 11.00 euro to spend 15-20 minute looking at the pictures and descriptions on the walls. You can find the same info about diamonds on internet. "Cutting diamonds" presentation is not really showing you cutting the diamonds, you will see some tools that are used in this process. Boring and overpriced. Later I learnt that one person bought some... More 

1 Thank Ewa S
London, United Kingdom
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598 reviews
262 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 514 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

If your objective is to see big priceless sparkly things, then this is not the attraction for you and may I recommend you visit the Crown Jewels exhibition at the Tower of London where they don’t get any bigger or shinier.. But if you are interested in the history of the diamond business across Benelux and the process of mining,... More 

1 Thank Steve_of_N21
Istanbul, Turkey
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133 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

In this museum in Brugges, you can see all the history and processses that a diamond goes through. However I was expecting to see some very spectacular diamonds but instead, saw some very non significant pieces.

1 Thank İrem S
Bunbury, Australia
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156 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This gives a good history of the diamond industry for Bruges and we did the diamond cutting exhibition as well which you pay an extra 3 Euros for but worth it. We had a very small group of six so it was personal but not sure how good it would be with a large group.

Thank Robert H
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66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

We visited this muesuem while holidaying in bruges Overall we found it very dissapointing Their was a polishing demonstration that had already begun at time of our visit so we didnt get to see this.The next one wasnt scheduled for another three hours The rest of the content of the muesuem is poor and slightly boring. Some of the items... More 

1 Thank breakluvvers

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