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Diamond Museum (Diamantmuseum)

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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: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Although the Belgian city of Antwerp is generally better known for the...
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.
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An perfectly fair little museum, which gives a nice grounding in both the history of the stones and the history of the trade in the town, but not a lot to get excited about. I... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 5, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

a great insight into the history of diamonds, how they are mined and polished. a very interesting visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Some interesting information and displays in the museum including old equipment and how it was used. Some pieces you can experiment with upstairs. The talk in the basement was the highlight and well worth the extra three euros. We paid 11 euros each in total. The diamanthuis next door sells unique pieces too and is worth a look if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We were not sure what to expect but we were pleasantly surprised. We paid extra for the polishing exhibition so it came to 11 euros each. The demo is definitely worth it as it is easier to absorb the knowledge verbally (3:15 talk on Monday). We spent just over an hour there and enjoyed some of the talking signs. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Interesting insight into the diamond industry and how diamonds came to Europe. Some interesting videos and interactive tools/displays add to the enjoyment. It isn't going to have you coarsing with adrenaline but it is a very interesting and informative visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

An perfectly fair little museum, which gives a nice grounding in both the history of the stones and the history of the trade in the town, but not a lot to get excited about. I would say that the polishing exhibition was well worth a look, and well worth the extra few euros to see it. That would be a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Not the greatest museum, but not the worst. It could have been a lot more interesting for a diamond museum. They do demonstrations and lectures in the downstairs room - this was good, but again, not excellent. The kids in the audience seemed to like it though.

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It was an interesting museum, not too fancy. The tickets we bought came with very very small diamonds, which was sweet. I don't remember there being anything too special about that museum, but the diamond polishing demonstration was interesting, I learned something new. The museum showed the history of the diamond trade, what diamonds are made of, how they are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The building is very nice and there is plenty to read on the leaflets. The diamond cutting demonstration only happened twice on the day I visited and the gentleman who was giving the demo was very "matter of fact". He was not I am sure but it felt like he was reading off a script. It was not a language... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If you love diamonds and or there history then great. But if you have anything less than a passing interest then 15 mins will suffice. Only went cos it was raining and it was free with our city card

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Esher, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We visited this museum while in Bruges for a few days and both found it very interesting. It gives you a history of diamonds and their uses in both jewellery and industrial usage, and the diamond trade over the centuries, including the part Bruges has played in this. You are also shown examples of diamonds of different qualities to learn... More 

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