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Historium Brugge

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Published 09/09/2015

Fodor's Review

Similar to the tablet-dominated Beer Museum, Historium Brugge uses technology (film and virtual reality) to depict the story of the city's Golden Age. Housed in the old Waterhalle, a vast warehouse that was once at the heart of the trading hub that was medieval Bruges, the museum makes fine use of its impressive setting. However, whether or not you learn anything depends less on your tolerance for history and more on your ability to absorb tales of romance played out on virtual reality headsets. The museum weaves a love story into a telling of the creation of Jan van Eyck's iconic Virgin and Child with Canon Joris van der Paele (the finished painting can be seen in the flesh at the Groeningemuseum) in 1435. Thankfully, a more traditional exhibition at the end fleshes out the drama with facts and actual history. Kids will love the journey, though. There's also a bar area in the form of the Duvelorium Grand Beer Cafe, which is genuinely worth a visit in itself and boasts both tasting menus and an excellent selection of draught brews.

Sight Information


1 Marktplein, Brugge, Flanders, B8000, Belgium

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Sight Details:

  • €13.50 (plus €5 for VR experience); €19 for tour, VR experience and beer tasting

Published 09/09/2015


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