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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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The diamond museum covers many aspects of the diamond business, with sections about the winning of raw diamond in various places, about the processing to jewels, about the history... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
RHAHJ
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Bedford
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum mainly because I wanted to see some diamonds! We found it to be quite expensive for entry and to see diamond cutting was even more. We found the museum on the whole a bit confusing with its layout and were quite bored. There was only one area that really held any interest and that was the... More 

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Thank Selina M
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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520 reviews
516 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The diamond museum covers many aspects of the diamond business, with sections about the winning of raw diamond in various places, about the processing to jewels, about the history in Bruges, Antwerp, Amsterdam, with various special diamonds on display. A funny special item is a Ukrainian diamond processing robot. There are a few explanations in videos, but most information is... More 

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Thank RHAHJ
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The displays are limited and boring. Very little to see. The one highlight was the box of fake diamonds to represent all the diamonds mined per year. Just very little to see. We spent 10 euro each to enter (including the polishing show) but we struggled to make it last more than 10 min. Unfortunately not for us and we... More 

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Thank eacheney2006
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

I visited the museum last week and it was such a nice experience. As visitor, I liked the interaction with the artifacts: it is possible to touch some of the artifacts. E.g. there are microscopes wherethrough visitors can verify the structures of real and fake diamonds. This is an excellent museum to visit with children. At the same time, this... More 

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London
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

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 November 21, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

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
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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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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 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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