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Address: Katelijnestraat 43, Bruges 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
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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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Not worth the money

We came here in the afternoon in expectation of the polishing demonstration. After we paid we've been told that it will only take place during on weekends and bank holidays... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Claudia K
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London
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89 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is not just about the gems. it explains Diamonds in Bruges history, both culturally and commerce. It has loads of fascinating artefacts about the mining grading, testing, cutting and polishing of diamonds. There are some hands on elements and a modern jewellery exhibition, but the best part is the multi lingual demonstration of diamond polishing. Very engaging and... More 

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Thank SuttonKevin
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here in the afternoon in expectation of the polishing demonstration. After we paid we've been told that it will only take place during on weekends and bank holidays. Already disappointed we still visited the museum. It it was definitely not worth the money. The fee of €8 per person is too high for what you get to see.... More 

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Thank Claudia K
Bradford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the biggest museum but quite interesting in parts. The polishing display was good and impressively delivered in 4 languages. Probably not one for the kids.

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Thank timake
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We took our children as part of our visit to Brugge! Well what a disappointment, really nothing of any interest. You could really put into Google and read up on diamonds instead of wasting your time and money around here!

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Thank Kelly B
Maidenhead
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147 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Thought this was going to be a commercialised & dull experience but was completely surprised by how interesting this was. The demo was a real highlight as it was really thought through & gave a real insight. Glad we went.

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Thank FarAwayFromHome
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

A wonderful museum set of several floors telling the history of the Diamond extremely informative and interesting and giving an opportunity to interact with some of the displays. A real value for money museum. A truly fascinating insight. A must when in Bruges. Lovely for all ages.

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Thank JulesB0708
Kenilworth, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Called in here as Diamonds (and Chocolate) are my other half's favourite things. Displays are associated with the diamond cutting and polishing in Bruges and how and where the industry was based in the City. As an attraction, this is probably of more interest to adults as written displays explain where diamonds are found, how they are mined, cut and... More 

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Thank Robin P
Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Wasn't expecting much from this museum, my wife was keen to visit but glad we did. Really enjoyed the different rooms and explanations on how diamonds evolved over the ages. A few more interactive elements were good and the polishing demonstration was excellent; very impressed with the polisher explaining everything in 3 different languages. Included as part of city card... More 

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Thank Mike J
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16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

The most interesting part of the visit was the polishing display. This was very informative and the guide did her presentation in three languages and was very proficient. If you are only visiting the museum then it is possibly a bit dry for children. I probably wouldn't go to the museum only as the polishing display was the best bit.... More 

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Thank Elaine J
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20 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Not a very good museum. Exhibits where informative but not very interactive. Where they where interactive some features where out of order. We also discovered the working diamond presentation was not part of the chocolate and diamond ticket package. This was disappointing as it might have made the visit much better. I dislike hidden pricing strategy so did not upgrade.

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