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THE GRUUTHUSE MUSEUM - BRUGES

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The Gruuthuse Museum - Bruges

This most diverse of all the Bruges Museums is situated in the 'House of Gruuthuse' which belonged in the late Middle-Ages to the family Van Brugghe-van der Aa, a.k.a the lords of 'Gruuthuse'. This family owned the monopoly of 'Gruut' selling. Gruut was a medieval mixture of spices used to make beer. The present antiques and art collections were started in 1865 by the 'Archeological Society' of Bruges. In 1955 the city of Bruges acquired and expanded the collection and the museum.


Sculptural art

The collection consists of objects in different materials: wood (crucifixes, fragments of altarpieces), ivory, stone and marble (the Baroque memorial of the English king Charles II from 1659). The showpiece of this collection is the very realistic polychrome bust from 1520 of Emperor Charles V of Habsburg at the age of 20, probably made by Konrad Meit.


The Gruuthuse Museum - Bruges
Furniture

Furniture objects can be seen here in various styles and types. Some furniture dates from the Gothic period (trunks and cupboards). Most of the collection, however, dates from the 17th and 18th century and show beautifully carved wooden ornaments.


Silver ware

Religious silver objects, as well as silver ware used for domestic purposes. An important collection of Corporation Silver ware from the 16th till the 19th century.


Metal ware

The former kitchen (with the original 15th century fireplace and chimney of the 'Gruuthuse' family) can still be visited. All the metal objects of the museum which are not made of the precious metals silver and gold are exposed here: candelabers, pots, pans, lamps, kichten utensils, etc. Elsewhere in the museum is another collection of metal objects which were mainly made for religious purposes.


Ceramics

This extensive collection cannot be exposed entirely, due to lack of space. Earthen ware and ceramics from most of the important European production centers (Brussels, Delft, Northern-France, Germany ) are in the possession of the museum. Some objects come from the nearby town of Torhout, which was also famous for its ceramics.


Textiles

The most attractive art objects here are the 17th century wall tapestries made in Bruges. The famous and prestigious lace collection of the museum has been transferred to the adjacent 'Brangwynn museum'.

To complete the 'Gruuthuse' treasury, one can also visit the 'numismatics' collection (only partially exposed) and the small musical instruments cabinet.


Location (Address)   Telephone
Mariastraat 36a    8000 Brugge   -

 

BRUGES MUSEUMS

The Archeological Museum - Bruges
Archeological Museum
These houses contain a wide variety of material witnesses to Brugesí past discovered during excavations. They include pottery, glass, leather, metal, wood and stone items, and a series of murals. Full Text
   
The Brangwyn Museum - Bruges
Brangwyn Museum
The Arents House or Brangwyn Museum is a fine, late-18th-century townhouse located opposite the coach-house at the entrance to a picturesque garden.
The coach-house contains old carriages and sledges. Full Text
   
The Groeninge Museum - Bruges
Groeninge Museum
The Groeninge Museum is also called 'The city museum of Fine Arts'. The collection was already started in the beginning of the 18th century, but the building itself is recent and dates from 1929-1930. Full Text
   
The Gruuthuse Museum - Bruges
Gruuthuse Museum
This most diverse of all the Bruges Museums is situated in the 'House of Gruuthuse' which belonged in the late Middle-Ages to the family Van Brugghe-van der Aa, a.k.a the lords of 'Gruuthuse'. This family owned the monopoly of 'Gruut' selling. Full Text
   
The Memling Museum - Bruges
Memling Museum
This museum is part of the St.John's Hospital complex. Inside, the old hospital infirmary can be visited as well as the old pharmacy. In the former chapel of the Hospital six paintings by Hans Memling are exposed. Full Text
   
The Gothic hall of the Town Hall - Bruges
Town Hall Gothic Chamber
Bruges Town Hall, built between 1376 and 1420 is one of the oldest in the Low Countries. A ceremonial staircase leads from the entrance hall to the first floor, where visitors can view the Gothic Chamber.
This former council chamber continues to play an important part in the life of the city. The wooden, polychrome ceiling is decorated with a profusion of late-mediaeval carving. Full Text
 
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