The Gruuthuse museum in Bruges

The Gruuthuse museum focuses on the history of the city and its inhabitants. The choice of using the luxury setting of a palace like historical building gives you an idea of what you can expect of the museum's collection.


The 'Gruuthuse' was originally a building where the right to own 'Gruut' was settled. 'Gruut' was a kind of herbal mixture that was used to spice up beer. That mixture was strict regulated and a lot of taxes had to be payed to use it. That's how the building, some call it a palace got its wealth. The original building dates back to the 15th century.

Today the museum has 23 rooms with a very variating art collection. Besides a large collection of pictures, you can also find Bruges tapestries and furniture, precious stones, tin, weapons, ceramics and musical instruments. One of the eye catchers is a infamous 18th-century guillotine, set in the armory.


The palace rooms with the various interiors create a special atmosphere. Especially in the kitchen and in the original medieval bidding chapel, built in 1472, it brings you back to the late Middle Ages.

You can find the Gruuthuse museum at this address: Dijver 17, Bruges.

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