The best museums in Bruges in September 2023

These are the top 20 best museums in Bruges, Belgium, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

For a complete overview of museums in Bruges, their exhibitions and discount cards & passes, see our overview page with all museums in Bruges.

You may need to reserve time slots for some museums in Bruges. Check here to see which places and tickets you can already book in advance. 👉
Reserve now

Looking for the best museums in Bruges? These are the best ones:

  1. Belfry of Bruges1

    Belfry of Bruges

    The Bruges ‘stadshallen’ and Belfry are protected monuments and recognized as world heritage. On the top floor, visitors can enjoy a view over Bruges and its surroundings. In addition, the clock mechanism of the carillon with 47 bells can be viewed. The treasury can also be visited where in the past
  2. Basilica of the Holy Blood2

    Basilica of the Holy Blood

    The Museum of the Holy Blood tells the story of the relic of the Holy Blood that Count Thierry of Alsace is said to have brought with him from the Holy Land (1150). Showpiece of the museum is the reliquary of the Holy Blood, made by the Bruges goldsmith Jan Crabbe (1617), with thirty kilos of gold a
  3. Groeningemuseum3


    Six centuries of Belgian visual arts in one location, with work by Flemish primitives such as Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling and Gerard David, neo-classicism by Joseph Odevaere and Joseph Ducq, Flemish expressionism, and 20th century modern art by René Magritte, Roger Raveel, Raoul De Keyser.
  4. City Hall of Bruges4

    City Hall of Bruges

    The Town Hall of Bruges is one of the oldest town halls in the Low Countries that was completed in 1421. It served as a model for many other town halls. The Gothic room was created in its present form between 1895 and 1905 after a fire in 1887. Construction components also serve as decoration: medal
  5. Liberty of Bruges5

    Liberty of Bruges

    The Liberty of Bruges is a country house from 1726 to 1795 where the seat of the government of the ‘Brugse Vrije’ was. It was built on the place where the second residence of the Count was situated. Since the late 18th century to 1984, the court was housed here. Now the City Archives have found a ho
  6. Museum of the Church of Our Lady Bruges6

    Museum of the Church of Our Lady Bruges

    The Church of Our Lady is a Gothic church from the 13th to 15th century. The collection of treasures includes twelve apostle sculptures that support the pillars, paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Bernard van Orley, Adriaan Isenbrandt, Pieter Pourbus and Gaspar de Crayer and the rococo pulpit with sy
  7. Museum of Folk Life Bruges7

    Museum of Folk Life Bruges

    In the Volkskundemuseum (Museum of Folk Life) you learn about ordinary daily life in Bruges in the 19th and early 20th centuries. You enter an old classroom, an old pharmacy, a tailor’s workshop, a confectionery store, or grocery store. Time seems to have stood still in these restored labourer's dwe
  8. Schatkamer van de Sint-Salvatorskathedraal8

    Schatkamer van de Sint-Salvatorskathedraal

    The Museum of St. Salvator's Cathedral is housed in the 1912 neo-Gothic chapter house. The museum displays objects from St. Salvator's Church, the demolished St. Donaas Church and the monasteries abolished in the French era. Visitors walk through some 13 centuries of art history, from early Romanesq
  9. St John’s Hospital Bruges9

    St John’s Hospital Bruges

    St John's Hospital is currently undergoing a complete makeover. What exactly will the completely revamped museum and the new contemporary display look like? You can find out from Saturday 16 December 2023.
  10. Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum10

    Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum

    Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum, is dedicated to chocolate. All facets of chocolate are covered in the museum. Among other things, it shows how the Spanish conquistadores came into contact with the "drink of the gods" that cocoa" was for the Aztecs and the journey of the cocoa drink to European ro
  11. Frietmuseum11


    The Fries Museum is the only museum dedicated to fries. The museum outlines both the history of the potato and the fries and the various sauce preparations that accompany the fries. In the medieval basement, visitors can taste fries.
  12. Lumina Domestica - The Lamp Museum12

    Lumina Domestica - The Lamp Museum

    At Lumina Domestica, visitors will discover the largest collection of lamps in the world. The collection consists of more than 6,000 antique objects. Among other things, there is attention to the evolution of the torch and grease lamp to incandescent and LED.
  13. Historium Brugge13

    Historium Brugge

    Travel back in time in Bruges. Experience in various ways how lively Bruges was during the Golden Age. Start your visit with an impressive virtual flight along the medieval architecture in the Historium Virtual Reality. Continue your time travel in the Historium Story. Follow the fascinating story o
  14. Xpo Center Bruges14

    Xpo Center Bruges

    Xpo Center Bruges programs exhibitions on art, culture, science. The exhibitions take place in a piece of Bruges' heritage: the former Saint John's Hospital.
  15. Bruges Beer Experience15

    Bruges Beer Experience

    Bruges Beer Experience is much more than just a museum! It is a must-visit for those who wish to experience the most fascinating aspects of beer! A fresh combination of interactivity, innovative technologies and the stimulation of all senses! Taste, smell and touch the ingredients. Play the beer
  16. Our Lady of the Pottery16

    Our Lady of the Pottery

    The Our Lady of the Pottery Museum is housed in a historic hospital complex from the 13th century. The museum collection includes paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, stained glass, a silver collection, monastic and religious relics and healthcare items. The Gothic church with its baroque i
  17. Boudewijn Seapark17

    Boudewijn Seapark

  18. Sint-Janshuis Mill18

    Sint-Janshuis Mill

    Sint-Janshuismolen (Sint-Janshuis Mill) is the only one of the four windmills on the city ramparts where grain is still actually ground. The millers are only too happy to welcome you with secrets about this age-old craft. If the wind is favourable, you can even see the mechanism in operation. Moreov
  19. Sint-Gilliskerk19


    The most important work of art within St. Gillis Church is the Polyptych of Hemelsdale by Pieter Pourbus, featuring scenes from the life of Jesus. There are also paintings on display by Jan Garemijn and Jacob Van Oost, among others.
  20. Gruuthuse Museum20

    Gruuthuse Museum

    The city palace of the lords of Gruuthuse is now an absolute highlight after a thorough restoration. The gables look magnificent. Renovated halls, a new museum concept, and special collection items are just waiting to be rediscovered. Gruuthusemuseum takes you to three crucial periods in the rich hi

All museums in Bruges