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Timings : 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM except on Mondays, Christmas and New Year

Entry Fee : EUR 10 - 12

Groeningemuseum, Bruges Overview

A 19th-century public construction, the Groeninge Museum is famous for holding some of the most world-renowned collections of painters such as Jan Van Eyck, Hans Memling, Jan Provoost, Hugo Van der Goes and many others. It helps in exhibiting the most prominent Belgian visual arts genres such as the Renaissance, Flemish Primitives, Baroque masters, Neo-classic and Realist paintings, Netherlandish artwork, and so on. Architect Joseph Vierin built the Museum at the behest of the Bruges government.

Some of the famous paintings held in its various chambers are: ‘Justice of Cambysis’ by Gerard Davis, ‘Last Judgement’ by Jan Provoost, ‘Death of the Virgin’ by Hugo van der Goes, ‘Moreel Triptych’ by Hans Memling and Jan Van Eyck’s ‘Virgin and Child with Canon Joris van der Paele’. Any visitor can easily get lost in these various styles and paintings such that one could hardly make the difference between 10 minutes or an hour spent at this museum. The museum is rich in its content and stirring in its organization that one would be amazed by the past of Bruges and its promising connection with the visual arts.

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Groeningemuseum Time Required

It can take up to 3 hours to enjoy most of the paintings in the museum.

Groeningemuseum Tickets

Age Price
Adults EUR 12
65+ EUR 10
Youngsters (till 25) EUR 10
Below 18 EUR 0
Concession (15 + members) EUR 10

Groeningemuseum Exhibition

‘Jan Van Eyck in Bruges’ is an exhibition being hosted in regards to the famous Burgundian painter: his life in Burges, his paintings done here, his creative process along with a brief focus on Joris van der Paele. The exhibition is to run from 12 March 2020 - 12 July 2020 in the Groeninge Museum. The ticket prices are the same as mentioned above.

Groeningemuseum Tips

  • The last slot of tickets are sold at 4:30 PM.
  • Parking is available outside the museum.
  • The tickets also provide entry to the Artenshuis museum.
  • No bags are allowed inside the museum. Lockers are provided to keep your belongings before entering the museum.
  • The museum only holds paintings, no written explanations or descriptions. It would be necessary to catch hold of an English guide book to understand the artwork inside the museum better.
  • The establishment is fully accessible by wheelchairs and prams.
  • Lifts are also available at the museum.

Groeningemuseum History

The Groeninge Museum holds a fascinating history as to how so many paintings and artists from Bruges, Netherlands and Flemish origins came to share this museum back in the 19th century. At first, Bruges as an opulent medieval city attracted a lot of painters and artists to it not only for inspiration but also to depict Bruges of their understanding in their works. Even Bruges understood the significance of such replication and came to care for these artists. The Groeninge Museum’s history can be traced as far back as to when the Bruges Academy of Arts received many of the paintings back from the City Hall and other locations across the city to showcase in their exhibitions. Even though a wildfire in the 1755s destroyed many of these paintings, the Academy continued to receive pictures from living artists and painters. In 1852, the Bruges Academy handed all of the paintings in its possession back to the government which then led to the formation of the Groeninge Museum or the Fine Arts Museum of Burges on the Eckhout Abbey in the late 19th century.

How To Reach Groeningemuseum

The Groeninge Museum is located right in the centre of the city such that it is well-connected through each nook and corner of the town as Bruges has a well-established system of roadways.
Nearest Bus Stop: Brugge Dijver, 8000 Brugge, Belgium (200 m from the Groeninge Museum)
Nearest Railway Station: Bruges / Brugge, Stationsplein 5, 8000 Brugge, Belgium (2.7 kms from the Groeninge Museum)
One can easily take any of these routes or decide to hire taxis or cabs for a more private tour.

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