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“Go in the afternoon for the lace-making demonstration!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kantcentrum

Kantcentrum
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US$133.52*
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Bruges Day Trip plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and...
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: In the lace museum the accent is on contextualising the origins of lace and on some early developments. Displays include the basic techniques and movements, types of lace and their geographical origins, the lace industry then and now and lace teaching in Bruges. The craftsmanship and aesthetics of lace are honoured and, in addition, the contemporary and international appeal of lace is featured. The museum was developed with multimedia and interactive displays. In addition to visiting the museum, you can watch the Kantcentrum's bobbin lacemaking demonstrations in the afternoon. This is included in the ticket price (if you come before 14h you can return with your already bought ticket). All this allows you to experience the fascination of lace in Bruges and far beyond. Price: 5,20: adults 4,20: students 12-26 year, +65 Free: -12 year The building is accessible for wheelchairs. No dogs allowed (except for guidance dogs). We have a special feelbox for the visually impaired.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 555 helpful votes
“Go in the afternoon for the lace-making demonstration!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

As you walk around Bruges, you will see lace for sale in all the touristy shops, but most of it is machine-made (while also being very pretty). However, with Bruges being a center for lace, you would expect to be able to get some fine handmade lace, and the Lace Center is where you can, as well as see lace being handwoven.

Indeed, you certainly want to go in the afternoon, when the lace-making demonstration is taking place. It's fairly low-profile: just a room like a classroom with a bunch of desks and a handful of ladies of different skill-levels working away on their projects. But the teacher, Magda is her name I believe, speaks a good deal of English, and she is very friendly and will tell you all about how it is done. There was also an older lady who was an obvious master, who Magda told us has been making lace for 60 years, and it was fascinating watching her work - her dexterity was amazing.

Adjacent to this classroom is the Lace Museum, a modest succession of rooms with display cases filled with absolutely extraordinary lacework in them. And then before you leave, you will want to visit the gift shop and pick out some lace to take home with you. Even the smaller pieces are beautiful and worth purchasing.

Visited May 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Interesting, but a little out of the way”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

We bought a Brugge City Pass, so we were determined to go as many places as possible to get our money's worth. Brugge is famous for their lace, so this seemed like a good place to go. It was a little out of the way, and it took some doing finding it. We enjoyed getting to sit in a little room where a few old ladies were making the handmade lace at lighting speed. Interesting, but not one of our "must sees".

Visited May 2012
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“An interesting, funny little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2013

It seems strange to call this collection of rooms a museum, but it does contain interesting basics about the different kinds of lace and beautiful examples of each. It's worth a look - particularly since it's a combined ticket with the Jeruzalemkerk (a strange little church that you have to see). Don't leave without visiting the museum shop around the corner, 'T Apostelientje, which frankly has more impressive lace examples than the museum.

Visited January 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Small but a nice walk.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012

The linen center is small and really underwhelming but it is a nice walk outside of the tourist zone and located in a fantastic church with a great bell tower view.

Visited July 2012
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“Hard to find, and extremely small”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2012

So, this was again another comical Bruges "museum", a few samples of lace with commentary in two rooms and they charge an entry fee. A waste. The church next door is worth a visit though!

Visited March 2012
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