Until October 2014. Courtyard and building was attractive, shame it was closed, although this is another excuse to re-visit amazing Brugge!
This museum has displays of art, sculpture and historical artefacts and is located inside a beautiful old building. Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside. There are lockers to store your bags and coats for a refundable 1 euro deposit.
Found behind the Our Lady's church, this mansion used to belong to one of the richest families in town. "Gruut" means pealed barley or wheat, the main ingredients to make beer in those days. Inside the museum I was fascinated by a lovely ornate wooden fire place. I was ready to take a picture of it, when a guide came... More
Very sadly, this museum is now closed until the end of 2013 for rearrangement. This wasn't apparent from the outside on Gruuthusestraat and so I strugged to push a wheelchair across large cobbles for nothing. Beautiful buildings and brasses/carvings down one side under a roof. Superb for architectural photographs but, sadly, I couldn't see anything inside. Musea Bruges owned -... More
From the description of this museum you would expect to see the house as it was on the 16-17th centuries, with all the furniture and decorations. What you discover is a regular museum with bare walls and various exhibits, most of them unimpressive. If you are interested in history or art, there are better museums. If you wanted to see... More
And from an American! We too went expecting to see furnishings of Bougeois Belgium and instead saw the exhibit on the Gruthuse Manuscript. It is a highlight in Middle Dutch literature and an important source of information on late medieval urban culture in the Netherlands. Besides prayers and poems, the manuscript contains the oldest known collection of songs with musical... More
Our visit contrasted vividly with those of some of the previous reviewers. We went expecting an interesting building with period furnishings but instead found an exhibition that gave an excellent insight into the poetry, music and devotions of fourteenth century Bruges. We had audio guides that gave an introduction to the exhibits and free booklets in English that gave detailed... More
It's a museum meant for locals--and there's nothing wrong with that. But no matter where you're from, you'd struggle looking at the displays in the low lighting. We entered by mistake, confusing the place with the nearby (and similarly named) art museum (Groeningmusuem). After a few minutes of walking past dimly-lit old manuscripts, we asked a guard how to find... More
This building itself is amazing, really worth a visit. Unfortunately there is nothing written in English, which made our visit almost pointless. The audio guide help with some items, but for the majority you are left not knowing what you are looking at.
This is an interesting building containing old, but less interesting exhibits. (Yes, the exhibits are labelled in Flemish, but there are free leaflets available at the pay desk describing them all in several other languages.) The rooms were pretty dark, which meant reading anything wasn’t easy. Each room had a theme – love, religious devotion etc. Not one of the... More
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