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Diamond Museum (Diamantmuseum)

Katelijnestraat 43, Bruges B-8000, Belgium
32-50-34 20 56
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Ranked #46 of 55 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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Athens, Attiki, Greece
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Little info about diamonds like the different shapes and some history about how they discovered them. I dont know if the diamonds on display were true but most of them was not anything spectacular...

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Haywards Heath, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Superb display and extremely interesting history of the diamond industry.Disappointed to miss the polishing demonstration as it was full and next one about 3 hours later.

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Wallaroo
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56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We visited on the recommendation of friends. I'm sure it would have been more satisfying if we'd been able to see the diamond cutting and polishing which occurs twice daily. The guy that took our money wasn't overly welcoming. The museum is smartly presented and tells the history of the diamond business in Bruges and the diamond industry throughout the... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We got this because it was a combined discount ticket with the Choco-story. I can see that at some point in the past there was a tenuous link between Bruges and the Diamond trade, but it quite clearly settled in Antwerp, so placing this museum here was a bit of a stretch. The museum is a marketing stall for diamond... More

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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

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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62 helpful votes 62 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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