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Diamond Museum (Diamantmuseum)

Katelijnestraat 43, Bruges B-8000, Belgium
32-50-34 20 56
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Ranked #42 of 50 attractions in Bruges
Type: Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Although the Belgian city of Antwerp is generally better known for the diamond trade, the Diamond Museum sheds a fascinating light on Bruges’ gem... more » Owner description: Although the Belgian city of Antwerp is generally better known for the diamond trade, 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 features permanent and temporary exhibitions, a shop dedicated to all things diamond-related, and offers its unique “Diamond Polishing Show” each day. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

It was a nice visit but I expected more. When you hear the diamond museum u expect shiny rocks, opulence but it wasn't like that. Don't take me wrong love history so it was nice to learn about the history of the diamonds and how they work with it but in my opinion a bit pricey for what you get... More

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Milan, Italy
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

"You get a free diamond for every 2 tickets worth 20euros! The diamond polishing show is at 12.15 and 15.15! This is the only place in bruges to buy belgian cut diamonds! Worth a visit."

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Pretty thorough coverage of where diamonds come from and the process of getting them from the ground to the final product. We paid extra to see the polishing demonstration - while it was very interesting (and probably worth the money), it was more of a demonstration of the process (using oversized models) rather than watching an actual craftsperson working.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A charming little museum, we paid €10 each for entry and a demonstration of the diamond making process (€7 entry without the demo). The demonstration was well delivered in a variety of languages and very interesting. The museum itself is a little light on exhibits for the €7 charge, I feel that €5 is a far more appropriate level to... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

I found this museum fascinating. I was expecting just a lot of jewelry, but this museum is really so much more. It is interesting how the history of diamonds in Bruges parallels the history of Bruges in general. And the exhibits look at diamonds from many well-researched angles such as art, chemistry, geography, and engineering. Highly recommended. Philip and Ann

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Having worked in a Jewellers for several years, I like to think I know a fair bit about diamonds. I found the diamond museum to be very interesting with lots of interactive points. The best part was the polishing demonstration which was a joy to see! Would highly recommend!

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The diamond museum is worth a visit but it is quite small. We missed the demonstration as they only do this twice a day - 12ish and 3pm so try and plan to visit at these times.

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Diksmuide, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I visited the museum while waiting for the next tour to the Brewery. The museum was quite small but had loads of interesting information on the history of the Diamond industry. The demonstration was very good and so professional. The guide really knew what she was doing. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to kill some time (and... More

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Chesterfield, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I had read before we went that the diamond polishing demonstration is held daily at 1230 and to make sure you are there at 1215. Having read this we went at 1215. We had a look round the museum, it is small and you wouldn't spend a long time in there. We really enjoyed the demo. The man doing it... More

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Bebington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Very interesting history of the diamond industry from its commencement in Bruges around 1400 to the present day - a good history lesson very well displayed and explained. The diamond polishing and cutting demonstration lasted half an hour - excellent presentation and involved the audience - made us realise how much time and effort it takes to produce the diamond... More

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