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“Interesting books & manuscripts”
Review of Gruuthusemuseum - CLOSED

Gruuthusemuseum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Temporary closed until Autumn '18
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Brugg, Switzerland
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Interesting books & manuscripts”
Reviewed 19 April 2013

Superb building, wonderful collection of old books and manuscripts, though sadly all labeling is only in Dutch. Loads of school parties, but they seem well behaved enough!

Visited May 2012
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Oostkamp, Belgium
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52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great building, great museum”
Reviewed 17 April 2013

This is one of the places you should visit when coming to Bruges and you like museums. Spend some time to take in the architecture of the building and read up on the history of the location.

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Chippenham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not much to see and no English translations”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

The exhibition consisted mainly of books and the whole interior is under very low lighting, there are no English translations although you can have a headset. We were disappointed as the leaflets promise a lot more and for children there was nothing at all to see, they have a strict no touch policy which is fair enough but no warning labels so I got told off for leaning on a glass case trying to see a book!

Visited April 2013
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Durham, United Kingdom
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355 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
“Pay for the audio guide as nothing is in English!”
Reviewed 28 March 2013

A new exhibition opened here last week based around a mediaeval anthology of songs and poems. This doesn't sound very interesting but we wanted to see inside the building so we paid to go in. We declined to pay an extra 4 euros each for the audio guide but quickly returned to pay the money as the captions are in Dutch and we didn't know what we were looking at! Even the audio guide, which is good, only covered a small number of the exhibits but gave good background information. Bruges has a lot of visitors from the Far East who are taught English in schools so we could not believe some other languages were not covered. Other smaller museums in Bruges managed captions in other languages. There were some beautiful exhibits on display and it was all fascinating but we were a mixture of disappointed and angry when we left.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 564 helpful votes
“Suffers in comparison to its neighboring museums perhaps, but a great museum in its own right!”
Reviewed 22 January 2013

The previous time I visited Bruges, in 2007, I neglected to visit the Gruuthuse Museum, and was sad that I missed it. I made sure therefore, that it was on our itinerary this time around, and I'm glad we saw it! First of all, the courtyard outside the museum, which seamlessly connects with the Arents Park and the area around the Our Lady Church is charming. There are a number of better-than-average photo ops to be had there, for sure.

Secondly, the building itself, a preserved mansion of one of the preeminent Bruges families, is lovely, and filled with all kinds of interesting and attractive artifacts - paintings from many different historical periods, odd things like a guillotine, and the architectural details of the house itself like one newel post topped by a firing cannon and another by a unicorn. One thing that I found really interesting: the family had a private chapel connected to the Our Lady Church - at the front end of the chapel is a series of windows looking straight into the altar area of the church!

The Gruuthuse Museum may not be at the level of the Groeninge Museum and some of Bruges other outstanding sights, but it is well worth visiting if you are going to be in Bruges for more than a day or two!

Visited September 2012
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